Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Eupristina verticillata

Eupristina verticillata Waterstone, 1921

Hymenoptera, Agaonidae

on Ficus


A fertilised female, loaded with pollen, penetrates an unripe fig via a narrow opening at the top. She oviposits in the female florets within the fig, that develop into a small, globular shining gall; crawling around within the fig she fertilizes many more florets than are galled. From the galls emerge females and apterous males that, after having fertilised a female remain in the fig. The young females leave the fig covered with pollen.


Moraceae, narrowly monophagous

Ficus ? benjamina, microcarpa.


Mifsud, Falzon, Malumphy ao (2012a).


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