Aploneura lentisci (Passerini, 1856)
mealy grass root aphid
on Pistacia, primary host plant
Pistacia lentiscus, France, Corsica, Belgodère, plage de Lozari © Stéphane Claerebout
Pistacia lentiscus, Greece, Lesbos, Krátigos
Pistacia lentiscus, Spanje, Nerja: opened gall © Arnold Grosscurt
Several of these galls occurred in a bouquet that was bought in Houten, the Netherlands © Ben van As
anatomy of the gall (from Houard, 1909a)
The gall is the result of a deep invagination along the midrib.
Anacardiaceae, narrowly monophagous
on Poaceae, etc., secondary host plants
grass roots, UK © Bob Dransfield & Bob Brightwell, InfluentialPoints
Winged adults that emerge from the Pistacia galls settle on the roots of a variety of grass species, sometimes also herbs. Here several generations take place, until a generation on Pistacia follows in the end; the entire cycle takes two years.
In more northern regions where, Pistacia does not occur, the species may live permanently on the secondary hosts.
In Denmark found only on Ochlopoa annua, and easy to find, since the roots are white because of the copious amounts of wax-wool of the aphids.
Barbagallo, Binazzi, Pennacchio & Pollini (2011a), Barbagallo & Massimino Cocuzza (2014a), Bellmann (2012a), Blackman & Eastop (2014), Cogolludo (1921a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a [“Anopleura lentisci”]), Heie (1980a), Houard (1909a), Inbar, Wink & Wool (2004a), Lampel & Meier (2003a), Meliá Masiá (1986a), Mier Durante, Seco Fernández & Nieto Nafría (1989a), Mifsud, Pérez Hidalgo & Barbagallo (2009a), Nieto Nafría, Mier Durante, Binazzi & Pérez Hidalgo (2002a), Salas-Remón, Llimona, Lozano ao (2015a), Suay Cano & González Funes (1998c), Wool (1997a), Wool & Kurzfeld-Zexer (2008a).