Syntexis libocedrii

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Cedar wood wasp
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Syntexis libocedrii[1]
Scientific classification
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Superfamily:
Anaxyeloidea
Family:
Anaxyelidae
Genus:
Syntexis
Species:
S. libocedrii
Binomial name
Syntexis libocedrii
Rohwer, 1915

Syntexis libocedrii, (also called the cedar wood wasp or incense-cedar wood wasp) is the only living species in the wood wasp family Anaxyelidae, within the Symphyta, though the family has an extensive Mesozoic fossil record. This species is thus a "living fossil". It has the remarkable behavior of ovipositing only in recently burnt incense-cedar (Calocedrus), red cedar (Thuja) or juniper (Juniperus). The wood is often still smoldering while the wasp is laying its eggs, and the larvae develop in the wood.[2] S. libocedrii occurs from the mountains of central California to southern British Columbia, but is very rarely seen, except by firefighters.

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  1. ^ Seltmann 2004, p. 396
  2. ^ Schiff, N.M. (December 2000). "Insects associated with forest fires in Northern California and Oregon". Entomological Society of America meeting. Montreal.

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