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Stem Sawflies of the Afrotropical region

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Cephoidea)


Athetocephus Benson, 1935


Widespread in Northern Hemisphere with 2 species known from Madagascar.


About 100 species.


Phytophagous. Larvae feed inside grass stems or twigs of woody plants. Some species are major pests of cultivated cereals such as wheat (Cephus cinctus) (Goulet, 19930).


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Photographs © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa)

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2023. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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