Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Dasineura kiefferi

Dasineura kiefferi Marchal, 1896

on Hedera

Dasineura kiefferi: gall on Hedera helix

Hedera helix, Belgium, prov Namur, Nismes, parc communal © Stéphane Claerebout: a single gall, top at left

Dasineura kiefferi: larvae


Dasineura kiefferi: gall on Hedera helix

Hedera helix, Belgium, Liège, Terrasses des Minimes © Jean-Yves Baugnée


The flower buds remain closed and are somewhat swollen. They contain several cecidomyiid larvae, white at first, later orange. The gall soon drops off, and is also for that reason difficult to find.

host plants

Araliaceae, monophagous

Hedera helix.


According to Dauphin & Aniotsbehere th species causes swollen and closed flowers buds in Eryngium campestre and maritimum; this is a mistake.


Bruun, Haarder, Jørgensen & Skuhravá (2014a), Burton, Carbonnelle, Ellis & Schneider (2019a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Gagné (2010a), Houard (1909a), Lambinon, Carbonnelle & Claerebout (2015a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam & Carbonnelle (2015a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (2021a: 126), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Buhr (2013a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Blasco-Zumeta & Pujade-Villar (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a).

Last modified 23.ix.2021