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Sirex noctilio (Sirex Woodwasp)


On February 19, 2005, a single sirex woodwasp, Sirex noctilio, was identified in a sample collected as part of the New York State Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey National Exotic Wood Borer and Bark Beetle Survey, by E. R. Hoebeke, Ph.D. (Cornell University). It was confirmed by the Systematic Entomology Laboratory in Beltsville, MD on February 23, 2005. This female woodwasp was collected on September 7, 2004, from a Lindgren funnel trap placed among "mixed hardwoods and pine" just inside a forest edge adjacent to a recreational field at Fulton, NY (Oswego County). The detection of a single female S. noctilio in a warehouse was previously reported in the United States on July 22, 2002. It was found at the Otis Elevator Co. in Bloomington, Indiana by Otis Elevator staff and was verified as S. noctilio by the Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL), Beltsville, MD on August 01, 2002. No other detections were made in the follow-up survey in that area. On November 11, 2003, S. noctilio was added to the APHIS Regulated Plant Pest List.


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Integrated Pest Management

Dr. Robyn Rose
Program Manager
Telephone: (301)734-7121
E-mail: Robyn.I.Rose@aphis.usda.gov

Detection and Reporting
If you suspect this pest occurs in forests in your area, either by evident damage or specimens collected, please notify state department of agriculture, state land grant university, or a USDA, APHIS, Plant Protection and Quarantine office.

Last Modified: March 9, 2010