Aploneura lentisci (Passerini, 1856)

mealy grass root aphid

on Pistacia, primary host plant

Aploneura lentisci: gall on Pistacia lentiscus

Pistacia lentiscus, France, Corsica, Belgodère, plage de Lozari © Stéphane Claerebout

Aploneura lentisci: gall on Pistacia lentiscus, opemed

opened gall

Aploneura lentisci: aphid


Aploneura lentisci gall

Pistacia lentiscus, Greece, Lesbos, Krátigos

Aploneura lentisci opened gall

Pistacia lentiscus, Spanje, Nerja: opened gall © Arnold Grosscurt

Aploneura lentisci old gall

old gall

Aploneura lentisci: gall on Pistacia lentiscus

Several of these galls occurred in a bouquet that was bought in Houten, the Netherlands © Ben van As


The gall is the result of a deep invagination along the midrib.


Anacardiaceae, narrowly monophagous

Pistacia lentiscus.

on Poaceae, etc., secondary host plants

Aploneura lentisci: aptera on grass roots

grass roots, UK © Bob Dransfield & Bob Brightwell, InfluentialPoints


Winged adults that emerge from the Pistacia galls settle on the roots of a variety of grass species, sometimes also herbs. Here several generations take place, until a generation on Pistacia follows in the end; the entire cycle takes two years.


Poaceae, etc.

“Agropyron”; Agrostis; Avena sterilis; Bromus; Dactylis; Hordeum; Ochlopoa anua; Poa; Ranunculus; Triticum; Veronica


In more northern regions where, Pistacia does not occur, the species may live permanently on the secondary hosts.

In Denmark found only on Ochlopoa annua, and easy to find, since the roots are white because of the copious amounts of wax-wool of the aphids.


Barbagallo, Binazzi, Pennacchio & Pollini (2011a), Barbagallo & Massimino Cocuzza (2014a), Bellmann (2012a), Blackman & Eastop (2014), Cogolludo (1921a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a [“Anopleura lentisci”]), Heie (1980a), Inbar, Wink & Wool (2004a), Lampel & Meier (2003a), Meliá Masiá (1986a), Mier Durante, Seco Fernández & Nieto Nafría (1989a), Mifsud, Pérez Hidalgo & Barbagallo (2009a), Nieto Nafría, Mier Durante, Binazzi & Pérez Hidalgo (2002a), Salas-Remón, Llimona, Lozano ao (2015a), Suay Cano & González Funes (1998c), Wool (1997a), Wool & Kurzfeld-Zexer (2008a).

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