Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Lixus brevipes

Lixus brevipes Brisout, 1866

on Dianthus, etc.


Oviposition in the base of the stem or in the root collar. The larva then tunnels over 8-12 cm upwards, then pupates in the hollowed stem; an oval stem gall is the result.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae-Caryophylleae, narrowly oligophagous

Dianthus ballbisii, barbatus, caryophyllus, ferrugineus; Gypsophila paniculata; Saponaria officinalis; Silene alba, dioica, wolgensis.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Alziar (2019a), Dieckmann (1983a), G├╝ltekin (2007a), Stejskal & Trnka (2013a), Volovnik (2007a), Yunakov, Nazarenko, Filimonov & Volovnik (2018a).

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