Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Rabdophaga strobilina

Rabdophaga strobilina (Bremi, 1847)

on Salix

Rabdophaga strobilina: gall on Salix purpurea

Salix purpurea, Belgium, prov. Hainaut, Virelles © Sébastien Carbonnelle

Rabdophaga strobilina: old, opened gall

old, opened gall with three cocoons


This species is closely related to Rabdophaga rosaria, and often confused and even synonymised with that species. In fact, it is an inquiline of rosaria. Several red larvae, each in an own cavity, sit around the central gall chamber with the rosaria larva. The presence of both species in a gall tends to increase its size.


Salicaceae, monophagous

Salix purpurea.


Dasineura strobilina.


Béguinot (2001c, 2002e, 2007b), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Flügel (2016a), Gagné (2010a), Haarder, Bruun, Harris & Skuhravá (2016a), Pârvu (2005a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2011a), Roskam & Carbonnelle (2015a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1988a, 1997a, 1999b, 2005b), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Skrzypczyńska & Szadziewski (2008a), Stelter (1989b).

Last modified 10.ix.2021