Cherry, flowering (Prunus)-Peachtree borer

Synanthedon exitiosa

Pest description and damage Peachtree borer is native to North America and common in the Pacific Northwest. The adult is a metallic blue-black, clearwing moth. The male moth with a 1-inch wingspan may have bands of light yellow scale on the abdomen, which make it resemble a wasp. The female has a 1.5-inch wingspan and an orange band around the abdomen. Full-grown larvae are 1 inch in length and whitish with a brown head. The larvae burrow into the bark of the crown and feed on the cambium. Feeding is restricted to an area a few inches above and below the soil line. Peachtree borer damage can girdle and kill young trees. Older trees are rarely girdled, but the feeding reduces vigor and makes them vulnerable to other pests and diseases. Infested trees bleed a reddish amber, frass and gum mixture during the growing season.

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