Sacchiphantes viridis (Ratzeburg, 1843)

on Picea, primary host plant

Sacchiphantes viridis: gall  on Picea abies

Picea abies, Germany, Bavaria, Schwangau © Arnold Grosscurt, late June


Gall like the ones of S. abietis, but generally solitary.


Pinaceae, monophagous

Picea abies, engelmannii, glauca, koraiensis, mariana, obovata, omorika, orientalis, pungens, sitchensis, smithiana.

on Larix, secondary host plant


The needles are sharply bent, locally thickened a yellowed. The aphids on the needles, pale to dark green, with little wax, only a light dusting. Not attended by ants.


Pinaceae, monophagous

Larix decidua, x eurolepis, kaempferi, sibirica


Adelges viridis.


Apart from its host alternation, the main difference with the related S abietis is that the galls of viridis ripen in June, July, those of abietis in August, September.


Albrecht (2017a), Barbagallo, Binazzi, Pennacchio & Pollini (2011a), Bellmann (2012a), Buhr (196ra), Carter (197a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Hellrigl (2004a), Kollár (2007a, 2011a), Lambinon, Carbonnelle & Claerebout (2015a), Lampel (1988a), Lampel & Meier (2003a), Müller & Horatschek (1980a), Osiadacz & Wojciechowski (2008a), Redfern & Shirley (2009a), Ripka, Reider & Szalay-Marzsó (1998a), Roskam (2009a), Steffan (1962a), Sylvén (1960a), Tomasi (2003a), Weis (1955a).

mod 7.iii.2018