13548 S 220th Suite #2
Gretna, NE 68028
the community below:
Tree insect problems
Borer – cottonwood borer
2. Cottonwood borer
Larvae are cream-colored and reach 32 to 38 mm in
length. Beetles are black and white and 25 to 35 mm long with
antennae nearly or as long as the body.
Beetles emerge during late spring and summer and feed on tender shoots of young trees. Females lay eggs in bark at the bases of trees. Larvae emerge in 10 to 14 days and mine tunnels in the lower trunk and large roots. Two years are required to complete the life cycle.
Shoots damaged by adult feeding turn black, shrivel up, and die. Sawdust may accumulate in entrance holes to the tunnels and in bark crevices at the bases of trees. Infestations frequently are not discovered until trees are severely damaged and weakened branches and tree portions have broken.