Laurel, Portuguese (Prunus)-Peachtree borer

Synanthedon exitiosa

Pest description and damage Peach tree borer is native to North America and common in the Pacific Northwest. The adult is a metallic blue-black, clearwing moth. The male moth may have bands of light yellow scale on the abdomen, which makes it resemble a wasp. The female has an orange band around the abdomen. Full-grown larvae are 1 inch long and whitish with a brown head. The larvae burrow into the bark of the root crown and feed on the cambium. Feeding is restricted to an area a few inches above and below the soil line. Peachtree borer feeding damage can girdle and kill young trees. Feeding damage rarely girdles older trees, but does reduce vigor and makes these trees vulnerable to other pests and diseases.

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Management-chemical control

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