Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Pterocomma pilosum

Pterocomma pilosum Buckton, 1879

willow-bark aphid

on Salix

Pterocomma pilosum on Salix aurita/cinerea

Salix aurita/cinerea, UK © Bob Dransfield & Bob Brightwell, InfluentialPoints


Apterae on the young woody shoots. Characteristic are the cylindrical yellow siphunculi. They are well visited by ants.

host plants

Salicaceae, monophagous

Salix alba, apennina, appendiculata, aurita, babylonica, x blanda, caprea, cinerea & subsp. oleifolia, daphnoides & subsp. acutifolia, eleagnos, x fragilis, gmelinii, ? myrsinifolia, pedicellata, purpurea, repens, triandra, viminalis.

Ripka ao mention a find on Populus x berolinensis.


Pterocomma konoi Hori, 1939 is often, but not by all authors, considered a subspecies of P. pilosum. Mixed colonies are found not infrequently.


Barbagallo, Binazzi, Pennacchio & Pollini (2011a), Barbagallo & Massimino Cocuzza (2014a), Barbagallo & Pollini (2014a), Blackman & Eastop (2017), Börner & Franz (1956a), Influential Points (2017), Heie (1986a), Hellrigl (2004a), Krzywiec (1982a), Laamari, Coeur d’Acier & Jousselin (2013a), Lampel & Meier (2003a), Mier Durante & Nieto Nafría (1981a, 1997a), Nieto Nafría, Mier Durante, Binazzi & Pérez Hidalgo (2002a), Nieto Nafría, Muñoz Martínez & Mier Durante (1987a), Osiadacz & Wojciechowski (2008a), Pérez Hidalgo, Martínez Peláez & Nieto Nafría (2001a), Petrović (1998a), Ripka, Reider & Szalay-Marzsó (1998a), Stekolshchikov, Gavrilyuk & Novgorodova (2008a), Suay Cano & González Funes (1998c), Tambs-Lyche & Heie (1984a), Wojciechowski, Depa, Halgoš ao (2016a).

Last modified 22.xii.2020