Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Oryxolaemus flavifemoratus

Oryxolaemus flavifemoratus (Herbst, 1797)

on Fabaceae

Oryxolaemus flavifemoratus: mine on Genista tinctoria

>Genista tinctoria, Belgium, prov. Hainaut, Chimay, Bailièvre © Stéphane Claerebout

Oryxolaemus flavifemoratus: mine on Genista tinctoria


Oryxolaemus flavifemoratus mine

Genista tinctoria, Belgium, prov. Liège, Theux, Le Rocheux; © Jean-Yves Baugnée


Primary full depth, whitish, blotch without a preceding corridor in the apical half of a leaflet; oviposition within the leaf tissue. All frass is deposited on floor and roof of an oval central section of the mine; this section puffs up and soon becomes a bean-shaped black cocoon. Here in the end pupation takes place.

host plants

Fabaceae-Genisteae, narrowly oligophagous

Calicotome spinosa, villosa; Cytisus albus, ? scoparius, supinus; Genista anglica, germanica, pilosa, sagittalis, scorpius, tinctoria; Lembotropis nigricans; Spartium junceum.


Larvae in April-June (Scherf, 1964a).


BE recorded (, 2010).
NE not recorded (Vorst, 2010a).
LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

From Denmark and Poland to Italy and from France to Roumania (Fauna Europaea, 2007).


Apion flavifemoratum; A. flavofemoratum (misspelling); Apion femoratum auct.


Avgın & Colonnelli (2011a), Beiger (1979a), Braunert (2017a), Delbol (2013a), Dieckmann (1977a), Ehret (1990a), Forbicioni, Abbazzi, Bellò ao (2019a), Giusto (1997a), Heijerman (1993a), Hering (1930a, 1957a), Houard (1909a), Maček (1999a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2010a), Scherf (1964a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Talamelli (1995a), Vorst (2010a), Yunakov, Nazarenko, Filimonov & Volovnik (2018a).

Last modified 24.x.2020