One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large sawfly resembling a wasp that deposits its eggs inside trees and timber. It has a long egg-laying tube but no sting.
Family Siricidae, suborder Symphyta, order Hymenoptera: several speciesAlso called woodwasp
- ‘There, the infant ichneumon secretes a paralyzing agent while it proceeds to eat the living horntail from the inside out.’
- ‘Two or more years are required for the horntails to complete their development.’
- ‘There are plenty of images of horntails on the Internet, but very few, if any, of the solid blue-black types.’
- ‘It could have been a horntail, which is actually a sawfly.’
- ‘In the home no control is necessary, as the horntails will not reinfest dried or seasoned wood or lumber.’
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