Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Neodiprion sertifer

Neodiprion sertifer (Geoffroy, 1785)

european pine sawfly

on Pinus

Neodiprion sertifer: eggs on Pinus nigra

Pinus nigra, Hongarije, Mosonmagyaróvár, 9.iv.2017 © László Érsek: eggs are deposited in a row in a needle

Neodiprion sertifer: eggs on Pinus nigra

from the top down: a needle in which eggs have been deposited; longitudinal section of the same; and stronger magnification of a single eggs, just below the needle’s epidermis

Neodiprion sertifer: first day larva

one day old larva.

Neodiprion sertifer: young larvae

25.iv: young larvae

Neodiprion sertifer: young larvae

the young larvae consume only the outer layer of the needles

Neodiprion sertifer: older larvae

8.v: older larvae

Neodiprion sertifer: older larva


Neodiprion sertifer: damage

feeding image

Neodiprion sertifer: damage

the older larvae eat the entire needle


The communal larve live freely on the previous year’s needles.

host plants

Pinaceae, monophagous

Pinus cembra, densiflora, mugo, nigra, pumila, sibirica, sylvestris, thunbergii.


Univoltine; hibernation as egg.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).





Important defoliator in sylviculture.


Benson (1961a), Bouček (1959a), Fusu (2017a), Kofler & Schedl (2010a), Looney, Smith, Collman, ao (2016a), Meshkova, Nazarenko & Kolienkina (2019a), Nol (2002a, 2022b), Pschorn-Walcher & Altenhofer (2000a), Pschorn-Walcher & Taeger (1995), Savina, Liston, Boevé, ao (2013a), Schedl (1975a, 1976a), Taeger, Altenhofer, Blank, ao (1998a), Yefremova (2007a).

Last modified 20.iv.2024