Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide


Urocerus gigas
(horntail, sawfly, banded)



Urocerus gigas (horntail, sawfly, banded)


  • Last modified
  • 20 November 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Urocerus gigas
  • Preferred Common Name
  • horntail, sawfly, banded
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Urocerus gigas (Linnaeus)

Preferred Common Name

  • horntail, sawfly, banded

Other Scientific Names

  • Sirex gigas
  • Xanthosirex gigas

International Common Names

  • English: pine, wood wasp; wood wasp, giant
  • Spanish: sirice gigante
  • French: sirex geant; urocere a cornes jaunes

Local Common Names

  • Denmark: kaempetraehveps
  • Finland: jaettilaeispuupistiaeinen
  • Germany: Holzwespe, Riesen-
  • Italy: Sirice gigante
  • Norway: kjempetreveps
  • Sweden: vedstekel, gul

EPPO code

  • URCEGI (Urocerus gigas)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Hymenoptera
  •                         Family: Siricidae
  •                             Genus: Urocerus
  •                                 Species: Urocerus gigas

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes


FinlandUnconfirmed recordCAB Abstracts
Former USSRUnconfirmed record
IrelandUnconfirmed record
PolandUnconfirmed record
Russian Federation
-SiberiaUnconfirmed record
-Northern IrelandUnconfirmed record

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Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Dendrocopos major Predator
Dryocopus martius Predator
Ibalia drewseni Parasite
Ibalia leucospoides Parasite
Rhyssa amoena Parasite
Rhyssa persuasoria Parasite

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