Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Holotrichapion pisi

Holotrichapion pisi (Fabricius, 1801)

on Medicago


In autumn the larva empties a leaf bud at the root collar or the stem. The bud dries out, and the larva transforms it into a hibernaculum. After the hibernation, there the pupation takes place.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Medicago arborea, falcata, lupulina, sativa, x varia.

See note below.


Apion, Legaricapion, Pseudotrichapion, pisi.


According to Buhr and Dauphin & Aniotsbehere this species also lives on Onobrychis viciifolia. However, the specialist authors Dieckmann and Rheinheimer & Hassler stress that Medicago is the only host plant genus.


Alonzo Zarazaga (1981a), Buhr (1964a, 1965a), Colonnelli, Osella & Cornacchia (2011a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Delbol (2013a), Dieckmann (1977a), Ehret (1990a), Hayat, Güçlü, Özbek & Schön (2002a), Menet (2012a), Mifsud & Colonnelli (2010a), Podlussány (1986a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2010a), Yunakov, Nazarenko, Filimonov & Volovnik (2018a).

Last modified 25.xi.2023