Story: Wasps and bees

Sirex wasp laying eggs

Sirex wasp laying eggs

A sirex woodwasp (Sirex noctilio) lays eggs in the trunk of a pine tree. At the same time she also introduces a fungus that digests wood, making it easier for her larvae to bore through the wood. The sirex wasp was accidentally brought to New Zealand, and was a pest in pine plantations until parasitic wasps that target it were used to control it.

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John Early, 'Wasps and bees - New Zealand’s wasps and bees', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by John Early, published 24 Sep 2007