|Smith, David R|
Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/11/2001
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Sawflies and woodwasps are part of the plant-feeding complex of insects that cause millions of dollars of damage each year to agricultural crops, forests, and ornamental plantings. A new wood-boring sawfly was discovered in the limbs of river birch in Illinois. This species is described, illustrated, and separated from related species in support of ongoing research on insects harmful to hardwood trees and their associated fungi. Results will be significant to scientists, forestry personnel, anyone growing ornamentals, and anyone involved in plant-insect interactions.
Technical Abstract: Xiphydria decem, n. sp., is described and separated from other North American species. It was reared from branches of river birch, Betula nigra,L. (Betulaceae) in Illinois.