Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Andricus malpighii

Andricus malpighii (Adler, 1881)

on Quercus, agamous generation

Andricus malpighii FF gall

Quercus robur, België, prov. Luik, Villers-l’Evêque © Jean-Yves Baugnée


The gall resembles the one of A. callidoma, but stands on a much shorter stalk, and also the apical projection is less pronounced; slightly pilose. Galls in September-October.

host plants

Fagaceae, monophagous

Quercus faginea, lusitanica, petraea, pyrenaica, robur.

on Quercus, sexual generation

Andricus malpighii : catkin gall on Quercus robur

Quercus robur, catkin with galls and an individual gall (from Houard, 1908a)


Gall in a male catkin, but not consisting of a galled stamen, rather derived from the flower base (Buhr). It is oval with an acute tip, c. 1.5 mm long, green at first, eventually brown. The gall is smooth, not ribbed, without hairs, except for a small tuft at the tip that may be present. Gall often surrounded by unmodified stamens.
Buhr, Redfern, and Melika describe the gall as warty; that is in disagreement with Adler’s own description or the one by Houard. Galls are mature end May.

host plants

Fagaceae, monophagous

Quercus faginea, petraea, pyrenaica, robur.


Andricus nudus Adler, 1881


Synergus gallaepomiformis.

parasitoids, predators

Mesopolobus tibialis, xanthocerus.


Adler (1881a), Bellmann (2012a), Buhr (1965a), Burton, Carbonnelle, Ellis & Schneider (2019a), Cerasa (2015a), Chinery (2011a), Cogolludo (1921a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Eady & Quinlan (1963a), Gómez, Hernández Nieves, Garrido Torres, ao (2006a), Hellrigl (2009a, 2012a), Hellrigl & Bodur (2015a), Houard (1908a), Katılmış & Kıyak (2008a), Kemal & Koçak (2010a), Koops (2013a), Kwast (2014a), Lambinon, Carbonnelle & Claerebout (2015a), Melika (2006a), Melika, Csóka & Pujade-Villar (2000a), Nieves-Aldrey (1983a, 2001a), Nieves-Aldrey, Gómez, Hernández Nieves & & Lobo (2006a), Pujade-Villar & Melika (2000a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Tavares (1905a), Tomasi (2014a), Wiebes-Rijks (1976a), Williams (2010a).

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