Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Hylastes ater

Hylastes ater (Paykull, 1800)

black pine bark beetle

on Pinus


Larvae in the bark of the base of trees and thick exposed roots of strongly weakened young trees. The young beetles feed for their maturation on the bark of young trees and saplings, often killing them. Monogamous species.

host plants

Pinaceae, monophagous

Pinus brutia, nigra & subsp. laricio + pallasiana, pinaster, pinea, poderosa, radiata, sylvestris.

Rarely Picea abies.. Salmi mentions Abies nordmanniana & subsp. equi-trojani..


Univoltine, sometimes bivoltine.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).


Doychev & Ovcharov (2006a), Duffy (1953a), Gatti (2011a), Lieutier, Mendel & Faccoli (2016a), López Romero, Romón Ochoa, Iturrondobeitia Bilbao & Goldaracena Lafuente (2007a), Munroe (1926a), Nikulina, Mandelshtam, Petrov, ao (2015a), Ruiz-Portero, Barranco & Cabello (2004a), Schedl (1980a), Selmi (1987a).

Last modified 3.iv.2021