Do you know what a Dogwood Sawfly is?

Dogwood sawflies are wasps that look like caterpillars who feed off of dogwood trees and shrubs.

These yellow and translucent larvae hatch mid-summer, spend their time on the underside of leaves causing considerable damage to leaves because they often feed in groups.

As they grow and molt, they become covered with a white waxy coating, spend most of the day clinging to the underside of leaves. After the last molt, they stop feeding and seek protection to live through the winter. In the spring, they pupate, emerge as adults and begin the cycle once again.

So how can you get rid of dogwood sawflies without pesticides? 

When detected early, the best method to rid your dogwood trees and shrubs from these critters is to handpick them, preferably with gloves, and drop them into a container of soapy water. You can also use horticultural oil or insecticidal soap to do the job.

Keep in mind, dogwood sawflies do not kill the plants but will leave them looking rather unsightly.

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