Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Berberis vulgaris


synonym: Berberis croatica, globularis, orientalis, sanguinolenta

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
unknown unknown Phlaeothripidae Haplothrips angusticornis
leaf miner Tortricidae Rhopobota myrtillana
stem scale Diaspididae Pseudaulacaspis pentagona
fruit borer Carposinidae Carposina berberidella
leaf leaf spot Didymellaceae Didymella microstoma
leaf leaf spot Mycosphaerellaceae Sphaerulina berberidis
stem kanker Nectriaceae Nectria berberidicola
stem kanker Nectriaceae Thyronectria lamyi
leaf leaf spot Phyllostictaceae Phyllosticta garbowskii
leaf vagrant Noctuidae Polia bombycina
leaf vagrant Geometridae Hydria montivaga
leaf vagrant Noctuidae Auchmis detersa
leaf vagrant Lasiocampidae Malacosoma neustria
leaf vagrant Geometridae Hypomecis punctinalis
leaf vagrant Geometridae Ectropis crepuscularia
leaf vagrant Lasiocampidae Lasiocampa quercus
leaf vagrant Geometridae Eupithecia exiguata
flower vagrant Geometridae Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
leaf vagrant Geometridae Pareulype berberata
leaf vagrant Geometridae Rheumaptera cervinalis
fruit borer Tephritidae Rhagoletis berberidis
leaf vagrant Argidae Arge berberidis
leaf oviposition scar egg Argidae Arge berberidis
leaf hidden Gelechiidae Pseudotelphusa tessella
fruit borer Tortricidae Lobesia botrana
fruit borer doubtful Tortricidae Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
fruit borer Tephritidae Anomoia purmunda
fruit gall Tephritidae Rhagoletis meigenii
leaf bud gall Cecidomyiidae Dasineura berberidis
leaf bud gall Eriophyidae Aceria caliberberis
leaf down Erysiphales Erysiphe berberidis
leaf down Erysiphales Phyllactinia berberidis
leaf gall Aphididae Liosomaphis berberidis
leaf gall Cecidomyiidae Contarinia spec. on Berberis
leaf gall Triozidae Trioza scottii
leaf pustule aecia Pucciniales Puccinia brachypodii
leaf pustule aecia Pucciniales Puccinia graminis
leaf pustule aecia Pucciniales Puccinia poae-nemoralis
leaf pustule aecia Pucciniales Puccinia pygmaea
leaf pustule aecia Pucciniales Puccinia striiformis
leaf vagrant Eriophyidae Phyllocoptes granulatus
stem gall Cecidomyiidae Lasioptera berberina
stem witches’ broom aecia Pucciniales Puccinia arrhenatheri


the part of the plant that most conspicuously is hit by the parasite

all buds: both flower buds and leaf buds
flower: also inflorescence
leaf: also needle, phyllodium, petiole
leaf bud: also unfolding young leaf
fruit: also seed
root: also root stock, runners
root collar: also the lowest part of the stem
stem: also culm, the lower part of the peduncle, in grasses also leaf sheath
systemic: the entire above-ground plant.


borer: larva living internally, almost no outwards signs
down: 0.5-2 mm high fungal down
film: very thin cover of fungal tussue
gall: swelling and/or malformation
grazer: feeding at the outside of the plant
leaf spot: discoloured, often ± necrotic, generally not galled, sign of a fungus infection
miner-borer: larve initially makes a mine, lives as a borer later
pustule: plug of fungal tissue, generally brown-black and < 2 mm
stripe: longitudinal line of fungal tissue in a grass leaf
vagrant: (aphids, mites) living freely on the plant, at higher densitiy causing malformations.


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The host plant spectre of a parasite is rarely known exhaustively; this applies in particular at the species level. It is advisable therefore to check at least also the list of all parasites of this genus.


Last modified 17.ix.2023