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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Lesser Peachtree Borer

Authors
item Johnson, Donn - UNIV OF ARKANSAS
item Cottrell, Ted
item Horton, Dan - UNIV OF GEORGIA

Submitted to: Southeastern Peach Growers Handbook
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: January 10, 2005
Publication Date: February 15, 2005
Citation: Johnson, D., Cottrell, T.E., Horton, D. 2005. Lesser peachtree borer. In: Horton, D, Johnson, D., editors. Southeastern Peach Growers Handbook. Georgia Extension Service Handbook. 1:270-272.

Interpretive Summary: The lesser peachtree borer, Synanthedon pictipes (Grote & Robinson) is a native insect that is an important pest of native and introduced Prunus species. Lesser peachtree borer is found in most peach growing areas east of the Rocky Mountains. This document serves to describe the insect, the plant injury caused by the pest, its seasonal history and habits along with control recommendations.

Technical Abstract: The lesser peachtree borer, Synanthedon pictipes (Grote & Robinson) is a native insect that is an important pest of native and introduced Prunus species. Lesser peachtree borer is found in most peach growing areas east of the Rocky Mountains. Male and female moths of this species are very similar in appearance. Larvae of this species feed on the inner bark and cambium of the upper trunk and branches. This species is multivoltine across the southeastern US and has become an orchard-threatening pest. Chemical control of this pest is best achieved with a long residual insecticide applied to trunks and limb. Mating disruption can suppress populations of this pest.

Last Modified: 4/20/2014