Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stenopterapion tenue

Stenopterapion tenue (Kirby, 1808)

on Medicago


Three or four larva make a 12-15 cm long gallery in the pith of a stem; pupation just below the epidermis.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Medicago falcata, lupulina, orbicularis, polymorpha, sativa.

Although Dieckmann associates the species exclusively with Medicago species, Ehret writes of ‘several fabacĂ©s’ and Delbol mentions, next to Medicago, also Melilotus and Ononis.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Apion, Leptapion, tenue.


Delbol (2013a), Dieckmann (1977a), Ehret (1990a), Friedman & Freidberg (2007a), Podlussány (1986a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2010a), Tyler & Tyler (2016a), Yunakov, Nazarenko, Filimonov & Volovnik (2018a).

Last modified 15.xii.2021