Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Anthonomus pomorum

Anthonomus pomorum (Linnaeus, 1758)

apple blossom weevil

on Malus, (Pyrus)

Anthonomus pomorum on Malus domestica

Malus domestica, Hungary, Kimle, 23.iv.2015 © László Érsek: withered frower

Anthonomus pomorum on Malus domestica


Anthonomus pomorum on Malus domestica

Malus domestica, Hungary, Mosonmagyaróvár, 9.v.2016 © László Érsek

Anthonomus pomorum on Malus domestica


Anthonomus pomorum: gall on Malus sylvestris

Malus sylvestris, Germany, Eifel, Heimbach © Arnold Grosscurt

Anthonomus pomorum: opened gall

opened gall

Anthonomus pomorum: larva



the somewhat enlarged flower buds are dried and light brown, the inner parts are gone. Inside a single weevil larva or pupa. The gall does not drop off, but remains on the tree. In the course of 14-20 days a female deposits ± 30 eggs.

host plants

Rosaceae, narrowly oligophagous

Malus domestica, sylvestris; Pyrus communis.

only occasionally on pear.

parasitoids, predators

Pteromalus obscurus, varians.


young, not yet browned galls can easily be mistaken for an infestation by Argyresthia curvella.


Avgın & Colonnelli (2011a), Baviera & Caldara (2020a), Buhr (1964a, 1965a), Cobo, Ribes & Pujade-Villar (2016a), Colonnelli, Osella & Cornacchia (2011a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Delbol (2013a), Dieckmann (1968a, 1988a), Forbicioni, Abbazzi, Bellò ao (2019a), Gijswijt (1999a), Heijerman & Tuinstra (2014a), Houard (1908a), Papi (2009a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2020a), Roques, Cleary, Matsiakh & Eschem (2017a), Roskam (2009a), Yunakov, Nazarenko, Filimonov & Volovnik (2018a).

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