Aproceros leucopoda Takeuchi, 1939

zigzag elm sawfly

on Ulmus

Aproceros leucopoda feeding pattern on Ulmus spec.

Ulmus spec. © Tineke Cramer, Leersum: feeding pattern (from Mol & Vonk).

Aproceros leucopoda: oviposition

Ulmus spec., Biddinghuizen, Spijk- en Bremerbergbos 3.ix.2018 © Hans Jonkman: ovipositing female

Aproceros leucopod



Like in more sawflies the eggs are deposited one by one in the very leaf margin. The tiny swelling that results makes one think of a small gall.

host plants

Ulmaceae, monophagous

Ulmus daviana, glabra, x hollandica, laevis, minor, pumila.


Up to four generations per year.


pupation in a reticulate cocoon
Aproceros leucopoda: old cocoons

old cocoons © Hans Jonkman


East Asian species, recorded in Europe for the first time in 2003. Since then the species has expanded its range to a large part of the continent, assisted by the relatively large number of annual generations and by the fact that the species reproduces parthenogenetically. The damage to the host plants can be considerable.


Blank, Hara, Mikulás ao (2010a), Mol & Vonk (2015a), Seljak (2012a), Vétek, Bartha & Oláh (2017a), Zúbrik, Galkom, Gubk ao (2016a).

mod 15.ii.2019