Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aphis commensalis

Aphis commensalis Stroyan, 1952

waxy buckthorn aphid

on Rhamnus

Aphis commensalis: gall on Rhamnus cathartica

Rhamnus cathartica, Hungary, Kimle, © LászlóÉrsek

Aphis commensalis: apterae on Rhamnus cathartica


Aphis commensalis, aptera with larvae

Aphis commensalis



In spring the fundatrix and her first offspring cause inrolling and twisting of the leaves; later in summer the aphids the by then vacated galls of Trichochermes walkeri. The aphids are dark greyish-green, heavily dusted with wax powder.


host plants

Rhamnaceae, narrowly monophagous

Rhamnus cathartica.


Blackman & Eastop (2014), Buhr (1965a), García Prieto & Nieto Nafría (2005a), Heie (1986a), Influential Points (2017), Lampel & Meier (2007a), Nieto Nafría, Mier Durante, García Prieto & Pérez Hidalgo (2005a), Pérez Hidalgo, Mier Durante & Nieto Nafría (2010a), Wojciechowski, Depa, Halgoš ao (2016a).

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