Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Prunus persica

peach, nectarine

synonym: Amygdalus persica; Persica vulgaris; Prunus persica subsp. nucipersica

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
stem borer Buprestidae Anthaxia olympica
stem borer larva Cerambycidae Tetrops praeustus
stem borer Cerambycidae Cerambyx scopolii
stem borer Cerambycidae Cerambyx miles
dead wood borer Cerambycidae Axinopalpis gracilis
dead wood borer Cerambycidae Ropalopus clavipes
dead wood borer Cerambycidae Glaphyra kiesenwetteri
stem borer Cerambycidae Deroplia annulicornis
stem scale Diaspididae Comstockaspis perniciosa
scale Diaspididae Melanaspis inopinata
stem scale Diaspididae Lepidosaphes malicola
leaf scale Diaspididae Mercetaspis halli
leaf vagrant Tetranychidae Bryobia rubrioculus
leaf vagrant Tetranychidae Eotetranychus populi
leaf vagrant Tetranychidae Eotetranychus pruni
leaf vagrant Tetranychidae Panonychus ulmi
leaf hidden Elachistidae Luquetia lobella
leaf vagrant Erebidae Artimelia latreillei
root collar borer Buprestidae Capnodis tenebrionis
stem scale Coccidae Eulecanium tiliae
unknown scale Diaspididae Diaspidiotus marani
scale Diaspididae Diaspidiotus pyri
stem scale Diaspididae Lepidosaphes ulmi
leaf vagrant Tingidae Monosteira unicostata
leaf vagrant Tingidae Physatocheila municeps
leaf vagrant Tetranychidae Tetranychus ludeni
stem scale Pseudococcidae Phenacoccus aceris
unknown unknown Coccidae Didesmococcus unifasciatus
stem film Peronosporaceae Phytophthora nicotianae
root film Xylariaceae Dematophora necatrix
leaf leaf spot Venturiaceae Venturia carpophila
leaf leaf spot Venturiaceae Venturia cerasi
leaf leaf spot Mycosphaerellaceae Mycosphaerella pruni-persicae
leaf vagrant Pentatomidae Halyomorpha halys
leaf vagrant Ricaniidae Ricania speculum
flower vagrant Miridae Closterotomus trivialis
leaf vagrant Miridae Phytocoris longipennis
leaf vagrant Miridae Phytocoris pilifer
stem vagrant Pentatomidae Palomena prasina
leaf vagrant Pentatomidae Rhaphigaster nebulosa
leaf vagrant Pentatomidae Apodiphus amygdali
leaf vagrant Pentatomidae Apodiphus integriceps
leaf scale Coccidae Saissetia coffeae
predator Miridae Atractotomus mali
leaf scale Aleyrodidae Siphoninus phillyreae
leaf vagrant Sphingidae Smerinthus ocellata
leaf scale Pseudococcidae Pseudococcus comstocki
leaf vagrant Erebidae Hyphantria cunea
leaf scale Coccidae Coccus hesperidum
scale Diaspididae Chrysomphalus aonidum
leaf vagrant Tenuipalpidae Brevipalpus lewisi
stem borer Tortricidae Grapholita molesta
leaf hidden Yponomeutidae Yponomeuta padella
leaf vagrant Lasiocampidae Gastropacha quercifolia
leaf vagrant Noctuidae Diloba caeruleocephala
stem borer Cossidae Zeuzera pyrina
leaf vagrant Geometridae Operophtera brumata
leaf vagrant Zygaenidae Aglaope infausta
leaf vagrant Papilionidae Iphiclides podalirius
stem borer Cossidae Cossus cossus
stem borer Buprestidae Anthaxia pyrosoma
stem borer Buprestidae Perotis lugubris
stem borer Buprestidae Anthaxia deaurata
stem borer Buprestidae Agrilus roscidus
stem borer Buprestidae Ptosima undecimmaculata
stem borer Buprestidae Anthaxia umbellatarum
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Hauptidia maroccana
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Cicadella viridis
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Zyginidia sohrab
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Empoasca decedens
stem borer Curculionidae Taphrorychus villifrons
stem borer Curculionidae Xyleborinus saxesenii
stem borer Curculionidae Xyleborus dispar
stem borer Curculionidae Scolytus mali
stem borer Curculionidae Scolytus amygdali
stem borer Curculionidae Scolytus rugulosus
stem scale Coccidae Parthenolecanium persicae
leaf vagrant Tenthredinidae Caliroa cerasi
leaf hidden Pamphilidae Neurotoma nemoralis
leaf hidden Pamphilidae Neurotoma saltuum
leaf hidden Peleopodidae Carcina quercana
stem scale Coccidae Eulecanium ciliatum
leaf hidden Ypsolophidae Ypsolopha persicella
stem oviposition scar egg Membracidae Stictocephala bisonia
stem gall Diaporthales Diaporthe perniciosa
leaf vagrant Tingidae Stephanitis pyri
fruit borer Tortricidae Cydia pomonella
fruit borer Tortricidae Grapholita funebrana
leaf hidden Tortricidae Adoxophyes orana
stem scale Diaspididae Diaspidiotus ostreaeformis
stem borer Tortricidae Enarmonia formosana
systemic vagrant Tenuipalpidae Cenopalpus lanceolatisetae
stem borer spring generation Gelechiidae Anarsia lineatella
fruit borer summer generation Gelechiidae Anarsia lineatella
unknown borer larva Curculionidae Anthonomus baudueri
flower gall larva Curculionidae Anthonomus amygdali
fruit borer larva Rhynchitidae Rhynchites bacchus
bud borer Yponomeutidae Argyresthia pruniella
stem scale Coccidae Pulvinaria vitis
leaf gall spring generation rarely Aphididae Brachycaudus cardui
stem scale Coccidae Sphaerolecanium prunastri
stem scale Coccidae Parthenolecanium corni
stem scale Diaspididae Epidiaspis leperii
systemic scale Diaspididae Parlatoria oleae
stem scale Diaspididae Pseudaulacaspis pentagona
fruit borer Tephritidae Ceratitis capitata
leaf gall spring generation Aphididae Myzus cerasi
leaf vagrant Tenuipalpidae Cenopalpus pulcher
leaf vagrant spring generation Aphididae Hysteroneura setariae
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aphis spiraecola
stem vagrant main Aphididae Pterochloroides persicae
leaf bud gall Cecidomyiidae Odinadiplosis amygdali
leaf down Erysiphales Podosphaera pannosa
leaf down Erysiphales Podosphaera tridactyla
leaf leaf spot Dothideales Stigmina carpophila
leaf gall Aphididae Brachycaudus schwartzi
leaf gall spring generation Aphididae Brachycaudus amygdalinus
leaf gall spring generation Aphididae Myzus persicae
leaf gall spring generation Aphididae Myzus varians
leaf gall Eriophyidae Phyllocoptes abaenus
leaf gall Psyllidae Cacopsylla pruni
leaf gall Taphrinales Taphrina deformans
leaf miner Gelechiidae Recurvaria nanella
leaf miner Gracillariidae Parornix anguliferella
leaf miner Gracillariidae Parornix finitimella
leaf miner Gracillariidae Phyllonorycter hostis
leaf miner Lyonetiidae Lyonetia clerkella
leaf miner Lyonetiidae Lyonetia prunifoliella
leaf miner Tischeriidae Coptotriche gaunacella
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Leucotelium cerasi
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Tranzschelia discolor
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Tranzschelia pruni-spinosae
leaf vagrant spring generation Aphididae Hyalopterus persikonus
leaf vagrant Eriophyidae Aculus fockeui
leaf vagrant Eriophyidae Aculus schlechtendali
stem gall Diaspididae Epidiaspis leperii
stem vagrant spring generation Aphididae Brachycaudus persicae
leaf gall spring generation Aphididae Brachycaudus helichrysi
leaf vagrant spring generation Aphididae Hyalopterus amygdali
leaf vagrant spring generation Aphididae Hyalopterus pruni
leaf gall spring generation Aphididae Rhopalosiphum padi
leaf vagrant spring generation Aphididae Rhopalosiphum nymphaeae
leaf gall spring generation Aphididae Brachycaudus prunicola


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 18.ix.2023