The tree wasp is the latest species to settle in Iceland. Staff at the Iceland Forest Service in Mógilsá West Iceland recently discovered the wasp in a tree trunk.
Forested area in West Iceland. Photo by Alana Odegard.
The wasp lives on coniferous trees and lays its eggs in holes it drills into the bark, according to ruv.is.
According to Brynja Hrafnkelsdóttir, an expert at the Forest Service, the species has been arriving in Iceland via cargo for around one hundred years but this is the first evidence of it having nested and bred in the country.