Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ceutorhynchus chalibaeus

Ceutorhynchus chalibaeus Germar, 1824

on Brassicaceae


The larva makes a fusiform gall, one or two cm long, in the petiole (less often in the stem or a thick vein); in plants growing under very unfavourable circumstances it may happen that the larva moves into the midrib, and then makes some excursions into the leaf itself.

host plants

Brassicaceae, oligophagous

Alliaria petiolata; Arabidopsis arenosa; Armoracia rusticana; Barbarea verna, vulgaris; Biscutella; Brassica napus, nigra, oleracea, rapa; Bunias erucago; Cakile maritima; Calepina irregularis; Camelina alyssum, sativa; Capsella bursa-pastoris; Cardamine resedifolia; Cardaria draba; Cochlearia officinalis; Coincya monensis subsp. cheiranthos, wrightii; Crambe abyssinica, maritima, tataria; Descurainia sophia; Diplotaxis muralis, tenuifolia; Eruca vesicaria; Erucastrum abyssinicum, gallicum; Hesperis matronalis; Hirschfeldia incana; Isatis floribunda, praecox, tinctoria; Lepidium campestre; Lunaria annua; Noccaea brachypetala, perfoliata; Raphanus; Rorippa amphibia; Sinapis alba, arvensis; Sisymbrium officinale, orientale; Thlaspi arvense.


Larvae from May till July.


BE recorded (, 2010a).

NE recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Denmark and Latvia to the Mediterranean, and from Ireland to the Ukraine; Mediterranean Islands from the Baleares to Cyprus (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Ceutorhynchus chalybaeus; this spelling is almost universally used in the literature, but the Fauna Europaea (2009), without clarification, uses chalibaeus; Ceutorhynchus moguntiacus Schultze, 1895; C. timidus Weise, 1883.


Buhr (1964b, 1965a), Compte (1981a), Delbol (2013a), Dieckmann (1971a, 1972a), G├╝ltekin (2014a), Hering (1957a), Hinz & Diaconu (2015a), Houard (1908a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2010a), Roskam (2009a), Tomasi (2014a), Vorst (2010a), Yunakov, Nazarenko, Filimonov & Volovnik (2018a).

Last modified 24.xi.2020