Young larvae look like caterpillars, and have a chalky white form, covered with a powdery white waxy coating, as well as a more colorful red/orange/yellow and black striped form. Adults are brightly colored wasp-like insects. Four membranous wings with hind wing smaller than forewings, venation apparent, ovipositor well developed, legs have 5 segments.
Found on ornamental and native dogwoods. Adults emerge from cocoon in late May to July. Larvae present July through October.