The oak twig pruner is a cerambycid of minor economic importance which is generally common through most of eastern North America. The adult beetles oviposit on living twigs of oak and other hardwoods, and the larvae bore within the twig, subsequently pruning it from the tree. Haldeman (1847) identified this borer as Elaphidion villosus (Fabricius), a species later placed in the genus Elaphidionoides by Linsley (1963). This identification has been accepted and followed by Baker (1972), Craighead (1923, 1950), Duffy (1960), Knull (1946). Linsley (1963), and many other authors.
Gosling, D. C. L.
"Correct Identity of the Oak Twig Pruner (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae),"
The Great Lakes Entomologist: Vol. 14
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholar.valpo.edu/tgle/vol14/iss4/3