Aculops fuchsiae Keifer, 1972

fuchsia gall mite

on Fuchsia

Aculops fuchsiae gall on Fuchsia

Fuchsia, gall (from Ostojá-Starzewski ao).

gall

the leaves, especially near the tip of the shoots, are reddish discoloured, swollen, and disfigured shell-like, the internodes are strongly shortened.

host plants

Onagraceae, monophagous

Fuchsia arborescens, denticulata, gehringeri, macrophylla, microphylla, magellanica, procumbens, thymifolia.

On, for instance F. aborrescens, microphylla, thymifoliathe mite may have viable population without causing serious malformations.

notes

Originally a South African species, in North America and Europe since about 1980 a serious pest in floriculture, especially in glasshouses.

references

CABI (2014), Leach (2008a), Ostojá-Starzewski, Eyre, Cannon & Bartlett (2007a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Salisbury, Ostojá-Starzewski & Halstead (2014a).

mod 21.iii.2019