Acericecis vitrina (Kieffer, 1909)

Diptera, Cecidomyiidae

on Acer

Acericecis vitrina: gall on Acer pseudoplatanus

Acer pseudoplatanus, Belgium, prov. Namur, Oignies © Sébastien Carbonelle

Acericecis vitrina: gall on Acer pseudoplatanus


Acericecis vitrina: gall on Acer pseudoplatanus

opened gall


closed, lenticular, 2 mm large pustule of the lamina of a young leaf, margins more or less transparant; often several in a leaf. Larva white, solitary. Old galls drop out of the lamina. Univoltine; the larvae hibernate in the soil.


Sapindaceae, narrowly monophagous

Acer opalus, pseudoplatanus.


Dasineura, Harrisomyia vitrina. Redfern & Shirley (2011a) synonymise vitrina with Acericecis campestre; according to Gagné & Jaschhof, this is not correct.


The species occurs in high densities, even causing damage, in areas where air pollution has led to the dispappearance of the fungus Rhytisma acerinum (Skuhravá & Skuhravý, 1992b).

Often fungi develop within tha galls, eventually choking the larva and causing the galled tissue to die and fall out of the leaf. The commonest is Apiognomonia hystrix (Wulf).


Béguinot (2012a), Buhr (1964b), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Gagné (2010a), Gagné & Jaschhof (2014a), Hellrigl (2006a), Kollár (2011a), Lehmann & Hannover (2016a), Simova-Tošić & Skuhravá (2001a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1996a, 2000a, 2004a, 2007a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Postolovski (2007a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1986a, 1988a, 1992b, 1994a, 1997a, 1999a,b, 2003a, 2010a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dončev & Dimitrova (1991a, 1992a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Massa (2007a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Skrzypczyńska & Szadziewski (2008a), Tomasi (2014a), Wulf (1990a).


pub 16.x.2016 · mod 17.vii.2017