Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Acantholyda hieroglyphica

Acantholyda hieroglyphica (Christ, 1791)

web-spinning pine-sawfly

on Pinus

Acantholyda hieroglyphica: larva on Pinus spec.

Pinus spec., Belgium, prov. prov. Namur, Doische, Matagne-la-Grande, 26.v.2018 © Stéphane Claerebout


Larvae solitary or in small group in a silken tube among the needled; the spinnings are filled with masses of frass. Pupation, without a cocoon, in the soil. Oviposition as one egg per needle. Preference for 3-4 years old trees.

host plants

Pinaceae, monophagous

Pinus cembra, contorta, mugo, pinaster, pinea, sylvestris.


Mostly univoltine, sometimes bivoltine.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).


van Achterberg & van Aarten (1986a), Hoop (1983a), Magis (1988a), Midtgaard (1986a), Pschorn-Walcher & Altenhofer (2000a), Pschorn-Walcher & Taeger (1995), Savina & Chevin (2012a), Stritt (1952a), Taeger, Altenhofer, Blank, ao (1998a, Toimil & Acosta (1995a).

Last modified 13.xii.2021