Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Pineus similis

Pineus similis (Gillette, 1807)

on Picea

Pineus similis: gall on Picea sitchensis

Picea sitchensis, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Chiny, Moyen, early June © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Pineus similis: gall on Picea sitchensis

another specimen


Of the ends of shoot the needles basis are shortened and curved, explaining the American name “ragged spruce gall adelgid”. Contrary to Adelges the thickened needle bases are not fused. The aphids are dark reddish-brown.


Pinaceae, monophagous

Picea sitchensis.

In North America on several more Picea species.


Introduced into Europe with Sitka Spruce from North America.


Albrecht (2017a), Cumming (1962a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a).

Last modified 15.xi.2017