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Any of various sawflies of the family Siricidae, having a spine at the end of the abdomen and, in the female, a long stout ovipositor.
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(Animals) any of various large wasplike insects of the hymenopterous family Siricidae, the females of which have a strong stout ovipositor and lay their eggs in the wood of felled trees. Also called: wood wasp
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any of various wasplike insects of the family Siricidae, the females of which have a hornlike ovipositor.
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Sites were on both public and private land, and areas with obvious damage (e.g., from tornadoes, ice storms) were included to ensure capture of wood wasps as we anticipated that these sites comprised favorable habitat.
nigricornis were standardized by converting to relative proportions (i.e., each collection day wood wasp count was divided by the total number of wood wasps captured in each trap, at each site, for each year).
For each year, a Gompertz 3-parameter model was fitted to cumulative proportions of wood wasps and grouped by regions.
From 3 Nov to 9 Dec 2009, 180 wood wasps were collected in 21 total traps.
The female wood wasps of the Siricidae family use a needle-like ovipositor to deposit eggs inside pine trees.
And now, researchers including Rodriguez y Baena is trying to create a medical probe based on the same mechanism used by wood wasps.
The two shafts oscillate with the help of a motor and thus the device is propelled forward just like a wood wasp's ovipositor.
LOGS can be piled up to provide shelter for wildlife such as spiders, beetles, wood wasps, solitary bees, slugs and snails, which will attract birds, who will pick over the pile in search of a meal.
Experts called in to examine the nest at a housing estate in Ballyhooly, Cork, said the insects were harmless Scandinavian wood wasps - and not a swarm of dangerous hornets.
Dr Ken Bond of University College Cork said wood wasps were often up to 10 times bigger than normal wasps.
Dr Bond added: "Wood wasps, although not indigenous to Ireland, can travel with building supplies from Scandinavia.
When found it was suspected the wood wasps were their more aggressive cousins - the hornet