Hylesinus fraxini (Panzer, 1779)

ash bark beetle

on Fraxinus

Hyesinus fraxini: "bark rose"

“bark rose” (from WSL.CH)


In spring the female bores a horizontal gallery in the bark, depositing a series of eggs, each one in a separate chamber. The emerging larvae then each make a short vertical gallery from their egg chamber. Before she can oviposition the female goes through a period of maturation feeding. She the bores in the green bark of a young tree. Repeated infections by a number of females may induce cankerous swellings, called bark roses.

host plants

Oleaceae, oligophagous

Fraxinus excelsior; Olea europaea.



distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).


Buhr (1964a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Lukášová & Zimová (2015a), Roskam (2019a).

mod 26.ii.2020