Larvae are about one to two inches long and white with a yellowish-brown head. Adults are cylindrical, with a black head, wing covers, and abdomen. The thorax is orange with three black dots. The dogwood twig borer, Obrea tripunctata, is in the order Coleoptera and family Cerambycidae.
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May 1, 2009