Xiphydria abdominalis

Wood Wasps

Xiphydria abdominalis, Wood wasps in family Xiphydriidae

Family: Xiphydriidae

Subfamily: Xiphydriinae

Length: 20 - 25 mm in this family


Larval wood wasps bore in decaying wood.

Adults have a spherical head that is attached to a noticeable "neck."

Photo data: 15 June 2011. Female. In a ravine with rich soil and little sunlight; larger habitat was oak-hickory forest. Ruraldale, Upshur County, West Virginia.

GPS data: 39.0733, -80.2362. Elevation 383 meters.

Determined by Dave Smith, retired from USDA Agricultural Research Service.

Xiphydria sp., image of Wood Wasps
Wood Wasps, Xiphydria sp.

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