Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

genus Asparagus

organparasitic modestagenotetaxonomic groupparasite
predatorBraconidaeChorebus rondanii
predatorPteromalidaeMerismus megapterus
predatorPteromalidaeSpaniopus dissimilis
predatorEupelmidaeEupelmus vesicularis
flowervagrantMiridaeClosterotomus trivialis
leafvagrantadultCurculionidaePhilopedon plagiatum
fruitborerErebidaeMetachrostis velox
stemscalePseudococcidaeParacoccus burnerae
scaleDiaspididaeHemiberlesia lataniae
leafscaleDiaspididaeAspidiotus nerii
leafvagrantErebidaeZebeeba falsalis
root collarvagrantNoctuidaeEuxoa aquilina
leafscaleCoccidaeSaissetia coffeae
stemscalePseudococcidaePseudococcus longispinus
leafvagrantNoctuidaeAnarta trifolii
leafvagrantNoctuidaeAporophyla nigra
leafvagrantNoctuidaeXylena vetusta
leafvagrantSphingidaeHippotion celerio
leafvagrantNoctuidaeSpodoptera exigua
leafvagrantGeometridaeCrocallis boisduvaliaria
leafvagrantRicaniidaeRicania speculum
leafvagrantIssidaeBubastia obsoleta
leafvagrantTetranychidaeSchizotetranychus asparagi
leafvagrantTetranychidaeBryobia vasiljevi
unknownunknownChrysomelidaeCrioceris bicruciata
leafvagrantChrysomelidaeCrioceris duodecimpunctata
leafvagrantChrysomelidaeCrioceris quatuordecimpunctata
leafvagrantChrysomelidaeCrioceris quinquepunctata
leafvagrantChrysomelidaeCrioceris asparagi
leafvagrantChrysomelidaeCrioceris macilenta
leafvagrantChrysomelidaeCrioceris paracenthesis
stemborerAnthomyiidaeDelia platura
rootborerCossidaeParahypopta caestrum
stemborerTortricidaePhtheochroa pulvillana
stemgallCecidomyiidaeDasineura minardii
leafvagrantAphididaeAphis gossypii
leafscaleDiaspididaeAspidiotus nerii
stemscaleDiaspididaeDuplachionaspis berlesii
leafvagrantAphididaeAphis spiraecola
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeAphis fabae solanella
stemvagrantAphididaeAphis craccivora
leafvagrantAphididaeSitobion avenae
flowergallCecidomyiidaeContarinia florum
leaf budgallCecidomyiidaeDasineura asparagi
leafgallCecidomyiidaeDasineura turionum
leafminerAgromyzidaePtochomyza asparagi
leafminerAgromyzidaePtochomyza asparagivora
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeAphis fabae
stemborerAgromyzidaeHexomyza simplex
stemgallTephritidaePlioreocepta poeciloptera
stemminerAgromyzidaeOphiomyia asparagi
stempustuleaecia uredinia teliaPuccinialesPuccinia asparagi
stemwitches’ broomAphididaeBrachycorynella asparagi
leafvagrantAphididaeAulacorthum solani
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeMyzus persicae


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.


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