Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Asphondylia dorycnii

Asphondylia dorycnii (Müller, 1870)

on Dorycnium

Asphondylia dorycnii: gall on Dorycnium pentaphyllum

Dorycnium pentaphyllum, Spanje, Huesca, Alcolea de Cinca © Jordi Montobbio

Asphondylia dorycnii: gall on Dorycnium pentaphyllum

galled pod


Two generations: the first one in the swollen terminal buds of lateral shoots, the second in the galled pods. The first generation hibernates; larva solitary, without a recognisable head, pupation in the gall. Inside of the gall lined with mycelium.
According to Houard and Buhr the gall is densely covered by white unicellular hairs of 15-20 µm thick and 200 µm long. Possibly this is a variable character.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Dorycnium hirsutum, pentaphyllum & subsp. germanicum + gracile + herbaceum.


Thy pupa lies freely in the gall, not in a cocoon. Before emergence the pupa works itself half out of the wall of the gall; the pupal skin remains in the opening (Löw, 1881a)


Asphondylia dorycnii Löw, 1881.

parasitoids, predators

Eupelmus barai; Sigmophora italica.


The two pictures above were taken at the same date (May 28th). Whether, under Spanish conditions, a separation in two generations is justified, seems doubtful.


Askew, Blasco-Zumeta & Pujade-Villar (2001a), Blanes-Dalmau, Caballero-López & Pujade-Villar (2017a), Buhr (1964b), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Fusu (2017a), Houard (1909a), Löw (1881a), Salas-Remón, Llimona, Lozano ao (2015a), Sánchez, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (2012a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1996a, 2000a, 2004a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1994a, 1997b, 1999a, 2004a, 2009b, 2011a, 2021a: 96), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Blasco-Zumeta & Pujade-Villar (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dončev & Dimitrova (1991a, 1992a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Neacsu (1972a) Romania, Skuhravý & Skuhravá (1999a).

Last modified 29.v.2022