Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Diabrotica virgifera

Diabrotica virgifera LeConte, 1858

western corn woodworm

on mays


Larvae initially free at the roots, later tunneling within. Popation in the soil. In late summer the beetles feed on the leaves and young cubs.

host plants

Poaceae, monophagous

Zea mays.


Hibernation as egg in the soil.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).


Important pest, originally in North America, now expandings its area in Europe.


Beenen, van Nunen & Winkelman (2006a), Ilie (2017a), Jolivet (1998a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2018a).

Last modified 31.iii.2021