Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Platypus cylindrus

Platypus cylindrus Fabricius, 1792

oak pinhole borer

on broadleaved trees


Larvae and imagines bore 1-2 mm wide tunnels in the sapwood and hardwood, especially of weakened or felled trees. Symbiotic fungi colour the wood dark.

host plants


Alnus; Castanea sativa; Fagus sylvatica; Fraxinus excelsior; Juglans regia; Quercus robur, suber; Ulmus laevis, minor.


Development takes two years,

distribution within Europe

PESI (2021).


Ferreira & Ferreira (1889a), Gatti (2011a), Nikulina, Mandelshtam, Petrov, ao (2015a), Schedl (1980a), de Sousa & Lurdes InĂ¡cio (2005a).

Last modified 3.iv.2021