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), Ebert (ed., 1997a), Kusdas & Reichl (eds, 1974a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2001a), Lequet (2010a), Predovnik (2018a), Pühringer (2000a), Sage (2005a).

mod 10.i.2019