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Dogwood Borer
Synanthedon scitula

  • Larvae feed in young trees often around lawn mower injuries, and in pruning scars of older trees
  • Feeding causes girdling and reduced sap flow
  • Brownish-red frass (excrement) is usually present at the feeding site
  • Adult is a black and yellow clear-wing moth, larvae are ½" long when mature, and white with a red-brown head
  • Adult emergence begins in mid-June, peaks in early July, and continues until August
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