Ophelimus maskelli (Ashmead, 1900)

on Eucalyptus

Ophelimus maskelli: galls on Eucalyptus camaldulensis

Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Frankrijk, dépt. Var, Le Pradet, lieu-dit “Lou Pigno” © Stéphane Claerbout

Ophelimus maskelli: galls on Eucalyptus camaldulensis

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Ophelimus maskelli: galls on Eucalyptus camaldulensis

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Ophelimus maskelli: gall on Eucalytus gunnii

Eucalytus gunnii, France, dép. Bouches du Rhône, La Ciotat © Hélène Dumas: youg gall, horizontal section; oviposition by Anastatus bifasciatus (Geoffroy, 1785) (Eupelmidae; det. HD)

gall

numerous, ± 1 mm large, pale green to reddish pustules, up to 100 on leaf. After the wasp has vacated the gall, a conspicuous opening remains in the top. Two or more generations.

hostplants

Myrtaceae, monophagous

Eucalyptus camaldulensis, globulus, gunnii.

E. camaldulensis, that is planted mainly in recreational areas, is much more sensitive than E globulus, essentially a forest tree.

synonyms

In the first publications about the occurrence of this species in Europe it was incorrectly identified as E. eucalypti (Gahan, 1922), and under that name it is listed in the Fauna Europaea (2014).

references

Branco, Boavida, Durand ao (2009a), Borowiec, Thaon, Brancaccio ao (2012a), Dhahri, Ben Jamaa & Lo Verde (2010a), Mifsud (2012a), Protasov, La Salle, Blumberg ao (2007a).

mod 4.x.2017