Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Rabdophaga purpureaperda

Rabdophaga purpureaperda Barnes, 1935

on Salix


Under the bark of somewhat older branches live a number of orange or red larvae, each in an elongated cell; the branches are only weakly, allsided, swollen. Before they pupate, the larvae make emergence openings. These “shot holes”, sometimes with protruding pupal skins (or signs of bird predation) are the clearest indication of their presence.

host plants

Salicaceae, narrowly monophagous

Salix purpurea.


Dasineura purpureaperda.


Barnes (1951a), Buhr (1965a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (2021a: 250), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Jørgensen (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Skrzypczyńska & Szadziewski (2008a), Stelter (1989b).

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