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Cats on the Dogwoods?

Dogwood sawfly Aug 09

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

For years now, I’ve noticed these white critters on my shrubby dogwoods (Cornus) in August, and I always assumed that they were some sort of caterpillar. I never worried all that much about them, except for noticing that there seem to be more and more each year. Even though they quickly demolish the leaves they’re feeding on, the plants don’t seem much weakened by the damage.

The other day, I overheard a customer asking our retail manager about the same insects on her dogwoods, and I decided I should do a little research to find out what they are for sure, in case I got asked the same question. Continue reading

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