Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Rabdophaga pierreana

Rabdophaga pierreana (Kieffer, 1909)

on Salix

Rabdophaga pierreana: gall on Salix cinerea

gall on Salix cinerea, England, Dorset © Jenny Seawright; the two holes probably are exits of parasitoids

Rabdophaga pierreana: gall

opened gal

Rabdophaga pierreana: opened gall with parasitoids

detail, met parasitoiden

Rabdophaga pierreana: parasitoid


Rabdophaga pierreana: gall on Salix cinerea

Salix cinerea, Belgium, prov. Namur, Romedenne; leg. Sébastien Carbonnelle © Gilles San Martin

Rabdophaga pierreana: gall on Salix cinerea

opened gall

Rabdophaga pierreana on Salix appendiculata

Salix appendiculata, Croatia, Velebit National Park, x.2022 © Sébastien Carbonelle

Rabdophaga pierreana on Salix appendiculata

same gall, opened


Strong, almost ovoid swelling at the tip of a young shoot, its outside often almost felty hairy; the wall is thin and fleshy. One, proportionally large, gall chamber with up to 22 red larvae. Against end of May fissures form at the bases of leaves that in the mean time have formed on the galls, enabling the larvae to leave and pupate in he soil. The spatula of the larva is yellow; the widened apical part is divided by a sharp incision in two lobes that are longer than wide.



Salix aurita, caprea, cinerea, myrsinifolia.

Perhaps also hastata (Buhr), appendicculata (photo above).


Dasineura, Perrisia, pierreana.


Barnes (1951a), Buhr (1965a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Gagné (2010a), Gagné & Jaschhof (2014a, Kieffer (1909a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (2003a, 2010a, 2021a: 239), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Hellrigl (2002a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Skrzypczyńska & Szadziewski (2008a), Stelter (1980a), Tomasi (2014a).

Last modified 13.ii.2023