Aphelonyx persica Melika, Stone, Sadeghy & Pujade-Villar, 2004

on Quercus

gall

up to 15 mm large, almost perfectly globular bud gal, mainly on lateral buds of young shoots; sometimes several close together. They are greyish brown, with a slightly irregular, even at maturity velvety pubescent surface. The gall is hollow; the outer wall is 1-3 mm thick, tough and woody. Inside one inner gall, that at maturity is unattached and can roll freely. The inner gall is oval, 6 mm long, with thin, tough wall. The gall resembles the one of A. cerricola, but in that species only the young gall is downy, and the inner gall remains always attached. Old galls do not drop off.

host plants

Fagaceae, narrowly monophagous

Quercus brantii, ithaburensis, libani, castaneifolia.

notes

Only the agamous generation is known.

references

Hellrigl & Bodur (2015a), Kemal & Ko├žak (2010a), Melika, Stone, Sadeghi & Pujade-Villar (2004a), Shachar, Melika, Inbar & Dorchin (2018a).

mod 26.xi.2018