Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Paysandisia archon

Paysandisia archon (Burmeister, 1880)

south american palm borer

on palms


Ovisition in the crown of the plant. The larvae bore inside, sometimes initially a a still folded leaf, but u;ltimalety in the stem. The reach a length of 9 cm and lave for one or to years. Pupation in a cocoon, made out of wood chips and bark fibers, situated below the bark.

host plants

Arecaceae, oligophagous

Brahea armata; Chamaerops humilis; Howea forsteriana; Livistona chinensis; Phoenix canariensis, dactylifera, roebelenii, theophrasti; Syagrus romanzoffiana; Trachycarpus fortunei; Washingtonia filifera, robusta.

distribution within Europe

PESI (2021).

egg, larva, pupa

see Lepiforum.


South American species, firstly seen in Europe in 2001 (Spain), currently a major pest throughout the Mediterranean.


Anagnou–Veroniki, Papaioannou–Souliotis, Karanstasi & Giannopolitis (2008a), Corley, Merckx, Cardoso, ao (2012a), Lepiforum (2021), Sarto i Monteys (2013a), Sarto i Monteys & Aguilar (2005a)

Last modified 31.viii.2021