Tychius breviusculus Desbrochers des Loges, 1873

on Melilotus

gall

the larva feeds within the pod on the developing seed; this may cause some galling of the pods. Pupation in the soil.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Melilotus albus, ? altissimus, officinalis.

larvae and pupae

detailed description in Skuhrovec ao.

The larvae of this species can be found simultaneously, even on the same plant specimen, with those of T. meliloti. The living larvae of brevisusculus are white and have a pale head, while the ones of meliloti have the anterior part of their lemon yellow and the head is dark brown.

synonyms

Tychius micaceus Rey, 1895.

references

Behne (1987a), Dieckmann (1988a), Lorenz (1997a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2010a), Skuhrovec, Gosik & Caldara (2014a).

mod 21.v.2019