Pemphigus spyrothecae Passerini, 1860

poplar spiral gall aphid

on Populus

Pemphigus spyrothecae: gall on Populus

Populus, Britain, Norfolk, The Brecks © Rob Edmunds

Pemphigus sphyrothecae gall

Populus nigra cv.’Italica’, Belgium, prov. Liège, Flémalle-Haute © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Pemphigus spyrothecae: gall on Populus nigra

Populus nigra, Hungary, Mosonmagyaróvár © László Érsek

Pemphigus spyrothecae: opened gall

opened gall

Pemphigus spyrothecae: aphids

three aphids


Populus nigra, Kekerdom

dw dsn

transverse section


an aphid, without most of its waxy cover

Pemphigus spyrothecae: galls on Populus nigra

Populus nigra, Groningen © Arnold Grosscurt: galled leaves may be dropped in high numbers, and definitely precocious (photo end August)


Het aantal windingen van de spiraal is 3-4, zelden 5. In tegenstelling tot bij de meeste verwante soorten, heeft bij deze soort geen waardwisseling plaats. De gallen zijn “rijp” in augustus, september.


The number of spirals is 3-4, rarely 5. Contrary to most related species there is no host alternation. The galls are fully developed in August, September.

host plants

Salicaceae, monophagous

Populus nigra.

Buhr additionally lists P. balsamifera, x berolinensis, canadensis, simonii. In a botanical garden also on P. laurifolia (Groom, 2011a).


Pemphigus inflatae del Guercio, 1911.


Alton (1999a), Barbagallo, Binazzi, Pennacchio & Pollini (2011a), Barbagallo & Massimino Cocuzza (2014a), Barbagallo & Pollini (2014a), Béguinot (2002h, 2003a, 2006c, 2012a), Bellmann (2012a), Blackman & Eastop (2014), Börner & Franz (1956a), Braggion (2013a), Buhr (1965a), Chinery (2011a), Cogolludo (1921a), Coulianos & Holmåsen (1991a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Groom (2011a), Heie (1980a), Ilie & Marinescu (2011a), Kollár (2007a, 2011a), Lambinon, Carbonnelle & Claerebout (2015a), Lambinon & Schneider (2004a), Lampel (1988a), Lampel & Meier (2003a), Lehmann & Flügel (2012a), Mier Durante, Seco Fernández & Nieto Nafría (1989a), Nieto Nafría & Mier Durante (1981a), Nieto Nafría, Mier Durante, Binazzi & Pérez Hidalgo (2002a), Osiadacz & Halaj (2014a), Papapanagiotou, Nathanailidou, Taylor ao (2012a) , Pellizzari (2010a), Pike (2007a), Pike & Foster (2004a), Rakauskas & Trukšinaitė (2011a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Ripka, Reider & Szalay-Marzsó (1998a), Roskam (2009a), Salas-Remón, Llimona, Lozano ao (2015a), Suay Cano & González Funes (1998c), Stănescu (2009a), Sylvén (1960a), Tambs-Lyche & Heie (1994a), Tomasi (2003a, 2012a, 2014a), Urban (2002a).

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