Peach Tree Borer

Synanthedon exitios –¬†Adult peach tree borers are moths with about a 1” wingspan that are often mistaken for wasps. The males are smaller, with steel blue bodies while the females are larger with an orange band on their bodies. Peachtree borers can kill young trees, and can also leave trees with peeling bark and make them more susceptible to other pests and plant diseases.
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Adult peach tree borers are moths with about a 1” wingspan that are often mistaken for wasps. The males are smaller, with steel blue bodies while the females are larger with an orange band on their bodies. Most peach tree borers complete their life cycle in one year. The peach tree borer lays its eggs in the summer which hatch in about a week. The larvae overwinter in trees, near the soil line. The larvae pupate in late spring and then emerge as adults from May-September. The larvae feed on sapwood beneath a tree’s bark, usually close to the soil line. When peach tree borers are present the tree will ooze with a slightly orange colored jelly like substance. Peachtree borers can kill young trees, and can also leave trees with peeling bark and make them more susceptible to other pests and plant diseases.