Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Rhynchites caeruleus

Rhynchites caeruleus (DeGeer, 1775)

apple twig cutter

on woody Rosaceae


The female deposits eech egg in a wound that she has bitten in the tip of a young shoot; next, the shoot is cut off a few cm below the egg. The larva develops in the pith of the fallen shoot. Once full grown it leaves and pupates in the soil.

host plants

Rosaceae, oligophagous

Crataegus; Cydonia; Malus; Mespilus; Prunus; Pyrus; Rosal Sorbus.


Univoltine; hibernation as imago.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Rhynchites coeruleus; Involvulus, Teretriorhynchites, caeruleus.


Dieckmann (1974a), Legalov (2009a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2010a), Roskam (2009a), Yunakov, Nazarenko, Filimonov & Volovnik (2018a), Yunakov, Nazarenko, Filimonov & Volovnik (2018a).

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