Neuroterus quercusbaccarum (Linnaeus, 1758)

on Quercus robur, agamous generation

Neuroterus quercusbaccarum gall

Quercus robur, Duin en Kruidberg: full grown gall, underside of the leaf

Neuroterus quercusbaccarum galls

group of somewhat younger galls

Neuroterus quercusbaccarum galls

same group, seen from the upperside (lighted from behind)

stellate hairs on the surface of a fully developed gall

very young gall


The gall is attached to the leaf blad by means of a short central stalk.

Neuroterus quercusbaccarum: hibernated gall

Belgium, prov. Namur, Beauraing, RN Rend Peine © Stéphane Claerebout: the larva hibernates in the fallen gall; picture taken in April

Neuroterus quercusbaccarum: hibernated gall



Fagaceae, monophagous

Quercus cerris, frainetto, petraea, pubescens, robur.

on Quercus robur, sexual generation

Neuroterus quercusbaccarum FM

Quercus robur, Nieuwendam: young gall in a male catkin

Neuroterus quercusbaccarum: sexual generation gall

Quercus robur, Biddinghuizen, Spijk- en Bremerbergbos © Hans Jonkman

Neuroterus quercusbaccarum FM gall

Quercus robur, Enter © Arnold Grosscurt

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Quercus robur, Dwingelderveld; the currant galls of the sexual generation are formed also on leaves; they are broadly attached.

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The “currants” drop to the ground; when they are opened the pupae appear already far developed, often already vacated (early May).

The adult leaves the gall through a small opening (left); at right a parasitised pupa

Neuroterus quercusbaccarum FM gall on Quercus robur

Quercus robur, Tynaarloo © Arnold Grosscurt: another time the leaf-inhabiting form of the currant gall; at the upperside of the leaf the broad attachment of the gall is clearly visible.

Neuroterus quercusbaccarum FM gall on Quercus robur

the gall seen from below

Neuroterus quercusbaccarum FM gall on Quercus robur

vertical section: one gall chamber


Fagaceae, monophagous

Quercus cerris, frainetto, infectoria, petraea, pubescens, robur.


Neuroterus baccarum Blanchard, 1849; N. histrio Kieffer, 1901; N. intermedius Tavares, 1916; N. lenticularis Olivier, 1781; N. quercusbaccarum hispanicus Tavares, 1916.


In the agamous generation often the inquiline larvae of the gall midge Parallelodiplosis galliperda can be found in the space between the gall disk and the leaf blade. Furthermore Synergus gallaepomiformis, pallipes.


Abras, Fassotte, Chandelier & Cavelier (2008a), Béguinot (2001c, 2002a,d,e,f,g,h, 2003a,b, 2005a, 2006a,c, 2007b, 2012a), Bellmann (2012a), Buhr (1965a), Ceresa (2015a), Chinery (2011a), Cogolludo (1921a), Coulianos & Holmåsen (1991a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Deckert & Deckert (2016a), Dietrich (2016a), Ecott (2012a), Flügel (2016a), Groom (2011a), Hellrigl (2009a, 2010a), Hellrigl & Bodur (2015a), Ilie & Marinescu (2011a), Kampichler & Teschner (2002a), Katılmış & Kıyak (2008a), Kollár (2007a, 2011a), Koops (2013a), Kwast (2012a, 2014a), Lambinon, Carbonnelle & Claerebout (2015a), Lambinon & Romain (2009a), Lambinon, Schneider & Chevin (2003a), Lehmann & Hannover (2016a), Marković (2014a, 2015a), Melika (2006a), Melika, Csóka & Pujade-Villar (2000a), Mete & Demirsoy (2012a), Nieves-Aldrey (1998a, 2001a), Nieves-Aldrey, Gómez, Hernández Nieves & Lobo (2006a), Pellizzari (2010a), Pujade-Villar (2005b), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Stănescu (2009a), Sylvén (1960a), Tomasi (2012a, 2014a), Vilarrubia Garet (1956a), Williams (2010a).

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