Brachycolus cucubali (Passerini, 1863)

on Silene

Brachycolus cucubali: galling inflorescence of Silene vulgaris

Silene vulgaris, Germany, Bavaria, Pfronten © Arnold Grosscurt

Brachycolus cucubali: gall on Silene vulgaris

Silene vulgaris, Belgium, prov Namur, Couvin, Carrière de la Vaucelle © Sébastien Carbonnelle

Brachycolus cucubali: gall on Silene vulgaris

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gall

the leaves are rolled inwords and/or the inflorescence is compacted. The apterae, 1-2 mm, are whitish yellow to pale green, wax-powdered.

hostplants

Caryophyllaceae, monophagous

Silene nutans, uniflora, vulgaris.

synonyms

Hayhurstia cucubali; H cadiva (Walker, 1849): Buhr, 1965a; Hyalopterus melanocephalus Buckton, 1879

notes

The species lives, without host alternation, on Silene species. Confusion with Brachycaudus lychnidis, that also lives exclusively on Silene, cannot be excluded.

references

Aguirre-Segura & Pascual (1992a), Barbagallo, Binazzi, Pennacchio & Pollini (2011a), Béguinot (2002f), Buhr (1965a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Heie (1992a), Hellrigl (2004a), Lampel & Meier (2007a), Petrović (1998a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a).

mod 25.iii.2018