Kaltenbachiella pallida (Haliday, 1838)

elm–mint leaf-base gall aphid

on Ulmus, primary host plant

Kaltenbachiella pallida: gall on Ulmus, upperside

Ulmus, Brummen: gall, upperside; © Arnold Grosscurt

Kaltenbachiella pallida: gall on Ulmus, underside


Kaltenbachiella pallida: gall on Ulmus, fundatrix with offspring

opened gall, with fundatrix and her offspring

Kaltenbachiella pallida gall

Ulmus minor, Spain, prov. León, Morales del Arcediano: upperside; © Nicolás Pérez

Kaltenbachiella pallida gall


Kaltenbachiella pallida gall

mature gall

Kaltenbachiella pallida: old gall on Ulmus x hollandica

Ulmus x hollandica, Geervliet: old gall; © Ben van As


when the galls are ripe, they get a star-like opening at the top, releasing the winged aphids that will colonize the secondary hostplants.

host plants

Ulmaceae, monophagous

Ulmus glabra, x hollandica, laevis, minor, procera.

on Lamiaceae, secondary host plants


aphids live on the roots.

host plants

Lamiaceae, oligophagous

Galeopsis; Mentha x piperita, suaveolens; Origanum; Stachys; Thymus.


Pemphigus pallidus.


In Central Europe the species can live permanently without host plant alternation on the secondary host plants (Heie, 1980). Perhaps this explains the rarity of the gall.


Barbagallo, Binazzi, Pennacchio & Pollini (2011a), Barbagallo & Massimino Cocuzza (2014a), Bellmann (2012a), Blackman & Eastop (2013), Blanes-Dalmau, Caballero-López & Pujade-Villar (2017a), Börner & Franz (1956a), Buhr (1965a), Cogolludo (1921a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Durak, Durak & Borowiak-Sobkowiak (0000a, 2011a), Heie (1980a), Hellrigl (2004a), Houard (1908a), Pérez Hidalgo & Umaran del Campo (2013a), Kollár (2011a), Koops (2013a), Máca (2012a), Nieto Nafría, Mier Durante, Binazzi & Pérez Hidalgo (2002a), Pérez Hidalgo, Martínez Peláez & Nieto Nafría (2001a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Ripka, Reider & Szalay-Marzsó (1998a), Roskam (2009a), Tavares (1905a), Tomasi (2003a, 2014a), Wojciechowski, Depa, Halgoš ao (2016a).

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