Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Asphondylia melanopus

Asphondylia melanopus Kieffer, 1890

on Lotus

Asphondylia melanopus: gall on Lotus corniculatus

Lotus corniculatus, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Mol, 31.vii.2015 © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Asphondylia melanopus: gall on Lotus corniculatus

another specimen

Asphondylia melanopus: exuvium

exuvium; the conspicuous pair of frontal teeth, that have assisted the pupa to emerge from the gall, is characteristic for the genus Asphondylia.

Asphondylia melanopus gall

Lotus corniculatus, Belgium, prov Liège, Canal de l’Ourthe © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Asphondylia melanopus gall

another specimen

Asphondylia melanopus: opened gall on Lotus corniculatas

Lotus corniculatus, België, prov. Namen, Phillippeville (Cerfontaine), RN du Fonds des Vaux: larva and mycelium in the gall © Stéphane Claerebout

Asphondylia melanopus: larva



Inner wall of the gall lined with mycelium. Larva solitary, yellow-orange; generally bivoltine; pupation internal.

host plants

Fabaceae, oligophagous

Lotus corniculatus, pedunculatus, tenuis.


Asphondylia melanopus: spatula

spatula with papillae (from Möhn, 1955a)


Béguinot (2002f, 2007b), Buhr (1964b), Cogolludo (1921a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Houard (1909a), Kieffer (1890b), Lambinon, Carbonnelle & Claerebout (2015a). Möhn (1955a), O’Connor & Wistow (1999a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Roskam & Carbonnelle (2015a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1996a, 2000a, 2004a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Postolovski (2007a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1994a, 1999a,b, 2009b, 2010a, 2021a: 158), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Blasco-Zumeta & Pujade-Villar (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dončev & Dimitrova (1991a, 1992a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Hellrigl (2001a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Jørgensen (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Neacsu (1972a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Skrzypczyńska & Szadziewski (2008a), Tavares (1905a), Tomasi (2014a).

Last modified 26.ix.2021