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Roundheaded Appletree Borer
Saperda candida

  • Foliage becomes sparse, pale colored, and eventually turns yellow
  • Reddish brown frass (sawdust and droppings) can be present on bark near base of tree
  • Branch dieback occurs as infestation becomes more severe
  • ¼ inch round holes present in trunk; Large tunnels found in sapwood
  • Adults are ¾ inch long, white and brown striped body with long antennae; active June to August
  • Larvae are up to 1+ inches long, cream colored, round and plump and legless; because life cycle takes two years or more, larvae are present in wood at any time of year
  • More information on Roundheaded Appletree Borer

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