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 needles.

host plants

Pinaceae, monophagous

Pinus nigra, sylvestris.


Univoltine; hibernation as egg.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).




Important defoliator in sylviculture.


Benson (1961a), Pschorn-Walcher & Altenhofer (2000a).

mod 20.i.2020