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Afrotropical Cephoidea

Stem Sawflies

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




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, 1993).


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