Sesia melanocephala Dalman, 1816
The larva tunnels in the swelling of the stam 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.
Salicaceae, narrowly monophagous
The larva hibernates two or three times.
distribution within Europe
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), Kusdas & Reichl (eds, 1974a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2001a, 2015a), Predovnik (2018a), Pühringer (2004a), Sage (2005a).