Location: middle Tennessee
June 18, 2011 6:46 am
Me and my son found this on the porch around ten o’clock pm tonight June the ninth we live in Tennessee we have been having some high temperature days lately don’t know if that will help or not. Could you help us identify this insect please we were fascinated by it. Thanks so much.
Signature: Father & Son
Dear Father & Son,
We confirmed our suspicions that this was a Round Headed Apple Borer, Saperda candida, by researching on BugGuide. BugGuide states: “Larvae feed on the wood of apples (Malus) and related trees in the rose family, such as pear (Pyrus), hawthorn (Crataegus), mountain ash (Sorbus) and Saskatoon (Amelanchier). Also: Aronia, Cotoneaster, Cydonia, Prunus. Adults feed on leaves.” Also: “These insects seek out trees which are already weakened due to some other stress. A heavy infestation can kill a tree.”