Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stauronematus platycerus

Stauronematus platycerus (Hartig, 1840)

on Populus, (Salix)

Stauronematus platycerus: larvae on Populus tremula

Populus tremula, Belgium, Prov. Namur, Couvin, Petigny, Barrage du Ry de Rome, 3.viii.2014 © Stéphane Claerebout


oviposition scars on the petiole, generally in two rows. The later larvae, sawfly caterpillars live freely on the leaves, “hedging” the holes where they are feeding with a “palisade” of grey threads of dried saliva, that probably function as ant deterrents.

host plants

Salicaceae, monophagous

Populus alba, balsamifera, carolinensis nigra, tremula.

Rarely on Salix.


Pristiphora platycerus; Cladius, Lygaeonematus, Pristiphora, Stauronematus, compressicornis auct.


Beneš & Holuša (2015a), Buhr (1965a), Chevin (1987a), Haris (2012a, 2018a), Liston (2007d), Liston, Jacobs & Turrisi (2013a), Liston, Knight, Heibo, ao (2012a), Macek (2012c), Pagliano & Pesarini (2009a), Prous, Liston, Kramp, ao (2019a), Pschorn-Walcher & Altenhofer (2000a), Pschorn-Walcher & Taeger (1995), Savina & Chevin (2012a), Schedl (2003a), Stritt (1952a), Taeger, Altenhofer, Blank, ao (1998a), Zombori (1976a).

Last modified 3.iv.2021