Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Asphondylia bitensis

Asphondylia bitensis Kieffer, 1888

on Genista


One to three red larvae, or pupae, in the galled pods. Inner wall of gall chamber lined with mycelium.

host plants

Fabaceae, narrowly monophagous

Genista sagittalis.

However, in the older literature Houard (1909a) mentions four host plants, in as many genera: Cytisophyllum sessilifolium; Cytisus albus; Genista sagittalis; Laburnum alpinum.


Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1996a) and Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a) cite bitensis in synonymy of A. genistae, and that point of view is shared by Gagné (2010a) in his catalogue of the Cecidomyiidae. For that reason the species is not included in the Fauna Europaea (2014). However, without an explanation the species is reinstated in the newest edition of the catalogue by Gagné & Jaschhof (2014a).


Béguinot (2003b, 2006a,b), Buhr (1964b), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Gagné (2010a), Gagné & Jaschhof (2014a), Houard (1909a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1996a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1997a, 2021a: 121), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Tavares (1905a).

Last modified 23.ix.2021