Tremex columba (Linnaeus, 1763)

Tremex columba

The antennae of Tremex species are short by comparison to other Sirid wood wasps. There is some variation in colour within this species. Females are varying degrees of brown on the abdomen with yellow across the bases of the tergites giving a striped appearance. The tibia and tarsae are yellowish with darker femora. Males are more uniformly brown to orange-brown with hind legs that are dark but ringed with yellow on the tibia and femora.

Tremex columba larvae feed inside timber of dead and dying deciduous hardwoods. Larval development lasts 2 or 3 years and may pass through 11 instars.

Jump to other Siricidae species

Size: 20 - 30mm

Status: Introduced, not established.

Distribution: England, Scotland

Flight period: June to October

Plant associations: Fagus spp., Ulmus spp., Acer spp., Quercus spp., etc. (beech, elms, maples, oaks, etc.)


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