Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Sesia melanocephala

Sesia melanocephala Dalman, 1816

on Populus


The larva tunnels in the swelling of the stem that develops around the base of a dead branch. Trees on sunny locations are preferred. The full-grown larva bores a short tunnel into the dead branch and pupates there, without forming a cocoon. The emergence opening is oval.

host plants

Salicaceae, narrowly monophagous

Populus tremula.


The larva hibernates two or three times.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).

larva, pupa

Larva and pupa are extensively described by Bąkowski.


Aegeria, Eusphecia, melanocephala.


Aistleitner (2004a), Bachelard (2014a), Bąkowski (2013b), Bartsch (1992a), Bella, Bartsch & Laštůvka (2017a), Ebert (ed., 1997a), Garrevoet & Garrevoet (2003a), Garrevoet & Goosens (2021a), Kusdas & Reichl (eds, 1974a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2001a, 2015a), Predovnik (2018a), De Prins, Steeman & Sierens (2016a), Pühringer (2004a), Sage (2005a), Steeman & Sierens (2018a).

Last modified 26.vii.2021