Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Hexomyza simplicoides

Hexomyza simplicoides (Hendel, 1920)

on Salix

Hexomyza simplicoides: gall on Salix spec.

Salix spec., Germany, Saarland, Bexbach © Volker Fäßler

Hexomyza simplicoides: opened gall

opened gall

Hexomyza simplicoides: larva


Hexomyza cecidogena or simplicoides: larva in gall on Salix cf cinerea

Salix cinerea, Belgium, prov. Hainaut, Hensies © Jean-Yves Baugnée


Spindle-shaped swelling of a young branch, gradually narrowing at both ends, not unfrequently several in a row. The larva is distinguished from those of Rabdophaga species (Cecidomyiidae) by having a black of dark brown cephalic skeleton (more easily visible when the larva is seen from the side). The puparium is yellowish but the anterior segments are bright reddish brown and conspicuously sloping ventrally (Spencer, 1976a).

host plants

Salicaceae, monophagous

Salix aurita, caprea, cinerea & subsp. oleifolia, pedicellata, repens.

S. caprea is considered the main host plant.


Melanagromyza simplicoides.


Beuk (2002a), Buhr (1955a, 1965a), Černý (2012a), Černy & Merz (2007a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Dursun, Civelek, Barták, Kubík, Yildirim & Černý (2015a), Kabos (1971a), Lambinon, Carbonnelle & Claerebout (2015a), de Meijere (1924a, 1939a), Papp & Černý (2015a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Skuhravá & Roques (2000a), Spencer (1954a, 1957f, 1966c, 1972a, 1976a), Spooner & Bowdrey (2012a), von Tschirnhaus (1999a).

Last modified 16.i.2023