Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Sesia apiformis

Sesia apiformis (Clerck, 1759)

on Populus


The larva tunnels in the lower parts of the trunk and in the roots. Pupation in a tough cocoon in the gallery. Conspicuous, about 1 cm large, exit holes usually not far above the ground. Preference for sunny and dry locations.

host plants

Salicaceae, monophagous

Populus alba, balsamifera, x canadensis, nigra, tremula.

Occasionally on Salix (Bella ao).


The larva lives for 3-4 years.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).

larva, pupa

Larva and pupa are extensively described by Bąkowski.


Aegeria apiformis.


Aistleitner (2004a), Bachelard (2014a), Bąkowski (2013b), Bąkowski, Celadyn, Hołowiński & Zajda (2011a), Bartsch (1992a), Bartsch & Pühringer (2005a), Bella, Bartsch & Laštůvka (2017a), Cabella & Fiori (2010a), Charles, Nef, Allegro, ao (2014a), Ebert (ed., 1997a), Kusdas & Reichl (eds, 1974a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2001a), Lequet (2010a), Predovnik (2018a), Pühringer (2000a), Sage (2005a).

Last modified 2.xi.2021