Larva: White, grub like, 1/4 to 1 1/4 inches long. Egg: Oval, deep reddish brown, about 1/16 inch long, laid under surface of leaf. Adult: Clear winged moth that resembles a common wasp; black body crossed by yellow bands.
Blackberry, dewberry, and raspberry.
In fall the young larvae burrow into the bark of plants, near the soil. Older larvae hollow out crowns
Northern part of United States, but can occur in Virginia.
Remove and destroy infested canes and crowns in early spring or fall.
No known organic/biological control known for raspberry crown borer at this time.
Use a registered insecticide drench crowns and lower 2 feet of canes between October 1 and March 1.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
April 25, 2011