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Abstract

Factors affecting natural infestation of flowering dogwoods (Cornus florida L.) by the dogwood borer, Synanthedon scitula Harris (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae), were studied in an urban cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. Two tree characteristics, severity of trunk wounding and exposure to sun, were most important in determining the probability of borer attack. Degree of crown dieback or color of bloom did not significantly affect the rate of infestation. There was no correlation between tree diameter and probability of attack, but height of attack sites increased linearly with increasing tree size.

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