Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Lestodiplosis vorax

Lestodiplosis vorax (Rübsaamen, 1982)

parasite

Larvae predate on the larvae of Dasineura symphyti and Geocrypta galii, possibly even more gall midges; see note below.

host plants

polyphagous

Galium mollugo; Symphytum officinale.

distribution within Europe

PESI (2021).

synonyms

Diplosis vorax.

notes

Probably this species predates on a quite larger group of gall midge larvae. This for several authors hae raised the suspicion that at least a part of the many described Lestodiplosis species might actually be conspecific. Roskam & Carbonelle present of list of the possible candidates. However, only an actual study can verify this presumed synonymy, and the name of the eventual complex probably will not be “vorax” but some older name.

references

Gagné & Jaschhof (2014), Möhn (1955a), Roskam & Carbonelle (2015a), Rübsaamen (1892a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (2021a: 343), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a).

Last modified 19.x.2021