Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

genus Asparagus

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
leaf scale Diaspididae Duplachionaspis natalensis
leaf vagrant adult Curculionidae Herpisticus famarae
leaf vagrant Curculionidae Laparocerus marmoratus
leaf vagrant Phlaeothripidae Compsothrips albosignatus
stem scale Diaspididae Diaspidiotus cecconii
flower hidden Thripidae Chirothrips manicatus
flower predator Aeolothripidae Aeolothrips intermedius
leaf vagrant Tetranychidae Tetranychus visigothus
leaf scale Diaspididae Parlatoria ziziphi
flower vagrant Noctuidae Xylena exsoleta
leaf scale Coccidae Coccus hesperidum
root film Nectriaceae Fusarium verticilloides
root film Ceratocystidaceae Berkeleyomyces basicola
root film Helicobasidiaceae Helicobasidium purpureum
root film Ceratobasidiaceae Rhizoctonia solani
stem down Nectriaceae Fusarium culmorum
stem down Nectriaceae Fusarium oxysporum
systemic film Pythiaceae Globisporangium debaryanum
systemic pustule Sclerotiniaceae Sclerotinia sclerotiorum
systemic down Sclerotiniaceae Botrytis cinerea
leaf pustule aecia Pucciniales Aecidium asparagacearum
stem leaf spot Mycosphaerellaceae Cercospora asparagi
flower vagrant Miridae Closterotomus trivialis
leaf vagrant adult Curculionidae Philopedon plagiatum
fruit borer Erebidae Metachrostis velox
stem scale Pseudococcidae Paracoccus burnerae
scale Diaspididae Hemiberlesia lataniae
leaf scale Diaspididae Aspidiotus nerii
leaf vagrant Erebidae Zebeeba falsalis
root collar vagrant Noctuidae Euxoa aquilina
leaf scale Coccidae Saissetia coffeae
stem scale Pseudococcidae Pseudococcus longispinus
leaf vagrant Noctuidae Anarta trifolii
leaf vagrant Noctuidae Aporophyla nigra
leaf vagrant Noctuidae Xylena vetusta
leaf vagrant Sphingidae Hippotion celerio
leaf vagrant Noctuidae Spodoptera exigua
leaf vagrant Geometridae Crocallis boisduvaliaria
leaf vagrant Ricaniidae Ricania speculum
leaf vagrant Issidae Bubastia obsoleta
leaf vagrant Tetranychidae Schizotetranychus asparagi
leaf vagrant Tetranychidae Bryobia vasiljevi
unknown unknown Chrysomelidae Crioceris bicruciata
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Crioceris duodecimpunctata
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Crioceris quatuordecimpunctata
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Crioceris quinquepunctata
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Crioceris asparagi
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Crioceris macilenta
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Crioceris paracenthesis
stem borer Anthomyiidae Delia platura
root borer Cossidae Parahypopta caestrum
stem borer Tortricidae Phtheochroa pulvillana
stem gall Cecidomyiidae Dasineura minardii
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aphis gossypii
leaf scale Diaspididae Aspidiotus nerii
stem scale Diaspididae Duplachionaspis berlesii
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aphis spiraecola
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis fabae solanella
stem vagrant Aphididae Aphis craccivora
leaf vagrant Aphididae Sitobion avenae
flower gall Cecidomyiidae Contarinia florum
leaf bud gall Cecidomyiidae Dasineura asparagi
leaf gall Cecidomyiidae Dasineura turionum
leaf miner Agromyzidae Ptochomyza asparagi
leaf miner Agromyzidae Ptochomyza asparagivora
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis fabae
stem borer Agromyzidae Hexomyza simplex
stem gall Tephritidae Plioreocepta poeciloptera
stem miner Agromyzidae Ophiomyia asparagi
stem pustule aecia uredinia telia Pucciniales Puccinia asparagi
stem witches’ broom Aphididae Brachycorynella asparagi
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aulacorthum solani
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Myzus 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.


Last modified 10.i.2024