Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ceutorhynchus rapae

Ceutorhynchus rapae Gyllenhal, 1837


The larva essentially is a borer in petioles and stem. Several larvae live together in a cavity; at that point the stem is swollen. From that swelling now and then a larva may stray into a leaf. The stem above the gall usually dies off, and is replaced by a number of new side branches.

host plants

Brassicaceae, oligophagous

Brassica napus, oleracea, rapae; Cardamine amara; Cardaria draba; Descuraiania sophia; Erysimum cheiranthoides, cheiri; Isatis tinctoria.


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


BE observed (, 2010).

NE observed (Fauna Europaea, 2007; Heijerman, 1993a).

LUX not observed (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

All Europe, except Ireland and the Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2007).


In the UK a simple gall-causer, rather than a facultative leafminer (Robbins, 1991a).


Anderson (1997a), Behne (10987a), Buhr (1964a), Delbol (2008a, 2013a), Dieckmann (1972a), Heijerman (1993a), Hering (1957a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2010a), Robbins (1991a), Scherf (1964a), Vorst (2010a), Yunakov, Nazarenko, Filimonov & Volovnik (2018a).

Last modified 28.ii.2021