Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Asphondylia ulicis

Asphondylia ulicis Trail, 1873

on Ulex

Asphondylia ulicis: pod gall on Ulex gallii

Ulex gallii, UK, Kent, Wisley Common, 8.ix.2015 © Sébastien Carbonnelle

Asphondylia ulicis: pod gall on Ulex gallii

opened gall with dead larva (right) and parasitoid (in the pod, at left)

Asphondylia ulicis: vegetative bud (?) gall on Ulex gallii

probably a galled vegetative bud


Larvae in enlarged and galled axillary buds, but also in flower buds. The pictures above demonstrate that there moreover is a second generation, living in the galled pods. The inner wall of the gall chamber is lined with an initially white, but finally black mycelium. Larvae orange yellow.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Ulex europaeus, gallii, minor, parviflorus subsp. funkii, willkommii subp. micranthus.


Asphondylia ulicis: head of pupa

head of the pupa, to show the pair of frontal teeth (from Rübsaamen, 1916b)


Béguinot (2006a), Blanes-Dalmau, Caballero-López & Pujade-Villar (2017a), Chinery (2011a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Houard (1909a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Rübsaamen (1916b), Sánchez, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (2012a), Schröder & Zwölfer (1970a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (2021a: 289), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Blasco-Zumeta & Pujade-Villar (2006a), Tavares (1905a).

Last modified 9.x.2021