Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Lamprodila festiva

Lamprodila festiva (Linnaeus, 1767)

cypress borer, cypress jewel beetle

on Thuja, etc.

Lamprodila festiva larva

larva © Tamás Németh, Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest (from Ruicănescu & Stoica)


Larvae make sinuous, flat galleries below the bark of healthy trees, often causing their death. Exit opening oval, 2-4mm.

host plants

Cupressaceae, oligophagous

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, pisifera; Cupressus; Juniperus communis, oxycedrus, phoenicea, scopulorum, thurifera; Platycladus orientalis; Tetraclinis; Thuja occidentalis, plicata.

References to Tamarix; Ziziphus need further confirmation.


The development takes two, sometimes three, years. Pupation in the spring, in the sapwood or in thick bark.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).


Ovalisia, Poecilonota, festiva.


Originally mediterranean, expanding species, problematic for ornamental conifers.


Bunescu & Florian (2019a), Colijn, Heijerman & Teunissen (201a), Panin, Săvulecu & Ruicănescu (2015a), Ruicănescu & Stoica (2019a), Schmidt, Diószegi, Szabó & Hrotkó (2014a), Verdugo Páez (2002a), Zabransky (1991a).

Last modified 21.ii.2021