Adelges laricis Vallot, 1836

on Picea

Adelges laricis galls

Picea abies, France, Rhône-Alpes, Haute-Savoie, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains © Arnold Grosscurt

Adelges laricis gall

the pale colour of the gall is diagnostic

Adelges laricis opened gall

opened gall

Adelges laricis: very young gall with aphids on Picea abies

Picea abies, Germany, Bavaria, Schwangau; very young gall, with aphids (so called “strawberry gall”) © Arnold Grosscurt


The gall has has a creamy colour, 1-1.5 cm diameter, a globular shape and a waxy texture.

primary hostplants

Pinaceae, monophagous

Picea abies, alcoquiana, glauca, mariana, orientalis, sitchensis.

on Larix


On the secondary host plant no gall formation takes place. In he autumn a larval female establishes itself on a shoot of the current year. In the following spring she is mature and produces a mass of eggs. The resulting aphids feed on the fresh needles and produce copious amounts of wax-wool and honeydew. The needles are discoloured, swollen and untidily curved in all directions. The aphids are dark green to black

secondary hostplants

Pinaceae, monophagous

Larix decidua, x eurolepis, laricina.


Adelges lariceti (Altum, 1889).


The species is closely related to, and very difficult to separate from, Adelges tardus (Dreyfus, 1888); that species does not migrate to Larix and the galls ripen later, in August-October, instead of June.


Béguinot (2002e,g,h, 2007b), Bellido, Ros-Farré & Pujade-Villar (2003a), Buhr (1964b, 1965a), Chinery (2011a), Coulianos & Holmåsen (1991a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Hellrigl (2004a), Houard (1908a), Kollár (2007a, 2011a), Lambinon, Carbonelle & Claerebout (2015a) Carter (1971a), Castresana & Notario (1992a), Lambinon & Romain (2009a), Lambinon & Schneider (2004a), Lampel & Meier (2003a), Lehmann & Hannover (2016a), Rakauskas & Trukšinaitė (2011a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Sylvén (1960a), Tomasi (2003a, 2012a, 2014a).

pub 16.iv.2017 · mod 19.viii.2017