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Xeris spectrum L.

A specimen of this Holarctic Siricinid emerged in Feb. 1948 from a piece of wood in the centre of a bale of cloth (which cloth it cut its way through and destroyed) imported into Dublin & said to have come from England.

It was identified by Mr. R. B. Benson, M.A., (Brit. Mus.), who also gave the following information concerning it "It is found throughout the Holarctic region in one common species, with two Californian & one Himalayan local species. It is not at present possible to distinguish N. American from European specimens. It has been several times recorded from Britain, but has never become established here for some unfathomable reason. It feeds on coniferous wood, as all other Siricinae." 

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