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European Wood Wasp Larva

Photo of European wood wasp larva in gallery in pine wood

The larvae of European wood wasps are creamy white, legless, with a dark spine at the hind end, and thus look very much like the larvae of our native horntail species. They have a symbiotic fungus that causes the tree tissues to deteriorate; the larvae feed on the fungus as they tunnel through the wood. Unfortunately, this process kills the tree entirely.

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