Peachtree Borer

Peachtree borer Photo credit: E. Knudson

Photo credit: E. Knudson

Peachtree Borer

Scientific name: Synanthedon exitiosa (Say)
(Lepidoptera: Sesiidae)

Facts: Peachtree borer adults are moths. The females are blue-black with clear hind wings and an orange crossband on the abdomen. Adult male moths have wings nearly clear and several narrow yellow bands across the abdomen. Larvae are about 1 inch in length, whitish in color with a dark brown head and a plate behind the head. Larvae tunnel in trunks of peach trees and produce a mass of frass in the process.

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