How to Manage Pests
UC Pest Management Guidelines
American Plum Borer
Scientific Name: Euzophera semifuneralis
(Reviewed 11/09, updated 11/09, pesticides updated 9/15, corrected 1/19)
In this Guideline:
Description of the Pest
The forewings of the adult moth are gray with brown and black markings. The wingspan in about 0.75 inch. Young larvae are white with a large, dark brown head. Mature larvae are about 1 inch long, dusky white, pinkish or dull green in color. Reddish orange frass, webbing, and gum pockets indicate their presence. They overwinter as mature larvae in a cocoon within the tree. There are three to four generations each year.
Larvae bore into the tree, leaving reddish orange frass and gum pockets. The boring is most damaging to the scaffold crotches or graft unions of young trees. Vigorous trees will heal over, but with heavy, prolonged infestations, scaffolds may break with wind or a heavy crop.
Monitor young orchards in spring and summer for frass and gum pockets. If larvae are present, spray trees from 1 foot above the scaffold crotch to 1 foot below, two to three times during the growing season. The first application should be mid- to late April and subsequent applications at 6-week intervals.
UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines:
Insects and Mites
J. A. Grant, UC Cooperative Extension, San Joaquin County
Acknowledgment for contributions to Insects and Mites:J. Colyn, Mid-Valley Ag. Services
M. Devencenzi, Devencenzi Ag. Pest Mgmt. and Research
P. McKenzie, Mid-Valley Ag. Services