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Shoot borer, walnut

Shoot borer, walnut
Red Oak Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa, USA
July 25, 2016
I saw this sign a few times on shoots of black walnut in 2016. In this case I tore into it, revealing a larva inside. Definite head capsule so not Diptera, but with these pictures, unfortunately, I can't quite tell if it's a lep or a beetle (can't rule out sawfly either I suppose ;)

I've heard that walnut is a tough plant, chemically speaking, and it always amazes me to find insects eating such plants.

Rearing in progress.

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One possibility
is the walnut shoot borer, as shown here:

http://www.forestryimages.org/browse/subthumb.cfm?sub=807

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