Xiphydria maculata

Common Names: Xiphydria maculata, Xiphydriid wood wasp
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Wasps

A parasitic wood wasp. Wood wasps drill into a tree by using an ovipositor. This is a tube which is like a needle. It contains two interlocking valves. Each valve is covered with teeth that are backward- facing. Black and white/cream colored.

Reportedly prefers maple trees.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Wood wasps do not sting or bite.
Additional Information: http://bugguide.net/node/view/44914