Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Oberea erythrocephala

Oberea erythrocephala (von Paula Schrank, 1776)

red headed leafy spurge stem borer

on Euphorbia


The female girdles the upper part of the stem, then deposits a single egg just above the girdle, covering it with latex. The larva bres into the stem, then descends through the pith to the root collar and roots. Here the larva remains until late in next spring, then pupates there.

host plants

Euphorbiaceae, monophagous

Euphorbia characias, cyparissias, esula, palustris, seguieriana.

distribution within Europe

PESI (2021).


Fabbri (1999a), Funke (1985a), Hellrigl (2010c), Kovács (1997a), Misud (2002a), Pemberton & Rees (1990a), Progar, Markin, Milan, ao (2011a), Sláma (1998a) .

Last modified 22.ix.2021