Wachtliella ericina (Löw, 1885)

on Erica

Wachtliella ericina: gall on Erica arborea

Erica arborea, gall (from Houard, 1909a)

Wachtliella ericina: gall on Erica arborea

Erica arborea, France, Corsica, Evisa, castel de Vergio © Stéphane Claerebout

Wachtliella ericina: gall on Erica arborea

Erica arborea, Spain, Girona, Roses © Jordi Montobbio. Contrary to Myricomyia mediterranea, on the same host plant, the galls are longer than the leaves.

Wachtliella ericina: gall on Erica arborea

Erica arborea, Spain, Barcelona, Sant Cugat del Vallès © Jordi Montobbio

Wachtliella ericina: gall on Erica arborea

the gall may also be deep red

Wachtliella ericina: old gall on Erica arborea

Erica arborea, Spain, Girona, Quart © Jordi Montobbio: old gall

gall

At the end of a branchlet the leaves are closely bunched together; they are thickened and strongly broadened, sometimes reddened. The gall, that somewhat resembles a conifer cone, is almost a cm long. Larva the colour of red lead, solitary; pupation in the ground.

host plants

Ericaceae, monophagous

Erica arborea, australis, carnea, erigena, scoparia, terminalis, tetralix, vagans.

synonyms

Perrisia ericina.

references

Barnes (1948a), Bellmann (2012a), Blanes-Dalmau, Caballero-López & Pujade-Villar (2017a), Buhr (1965a), Cogolludo (1921a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Hellrigl (2006a), Houard (1909a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Sánchez, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (2012a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1996a, 2000a, 2004a, 2007a), Skuhravá, Bayram, Çam ao (2005a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1994a, 1997b, 1999b, 2002a, 2003a, 2005c, 2007a, 2008a, 2009a,b, 2010a,b, 2011a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Blasco-Zumeta & Pujade-Villar (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dončev & Dimitrova (1991a, 1992a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Hellrigl (2001a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Jørgensen (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Tomasi (2003a, 2014a).

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