Peachtree borer

Insect

Peachtree borer

Synanthedon exitiosa (Say)

Lepidoptera: Sesiidae

Distribution: Widespread in most fruit-growing states and provinces in eastern North America.


Adult is a clear-winged, metallic-blue moth that has one broad orange (female) or two or more yellow (male) bands across the abdomen (A); both sexes have more amber sheen on wings than lesser peachtree borer adults. Larva is white or cream-colored and hairless, with legs and a yellowish brown to dark brown head (B).

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