Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Tychius breviusculus

Tychius breviusculus Desbrochers des Loges, 1873

on Melilotus


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.


Tychius micaceus Rey, 1895.


Behne (1987a), Dieckmann (1988a), Lorenz (1997a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2010a), Skuhrovec, Gosik & Caldara (2014a), Yunakov, Nazarenko, Filimonov & Volovnik (2018a).

Last modified 27.ix.2020