Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Hypera nigrirostris

Hypera nigrirostris (Fabricius, 1775)

lesser clover leaf weevil

on Trifolium


oviposition at the base of a flowering stem. From there the larva works itself up as a borer, to finally feed on the developing flower parts. Pupation in a globular, white, reticulate cocoon among the leaves.

host plants

Fabaceae, ? oligophagous

Trifolium alpestre, fragiferum, hybridum, incarnatum, medium, pratense, repens.

Also reported from Medicago x varia, and Ononis spinosa.


Bivoltine; hibernation as imago.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2021).


Yellowish brown, pinacula black; see Dieckmann; see also Skuhrovec (2005b).


Phytonomus nigrirostris.

parasitoids, predators

Dibrachoides dynastes.


Balalaikins (2012b), Buhr (1965a), Colonnelli, Osella & Cornacchia (2011a), Compte (1981a), Dieckmann (1989b), GarcĂ­a (2009a), Mifsud & Colonnelli (2010a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2010a), Skuhrovec (2005b) (2005a, b), Ugarte San Vicente (2005a), Weiss & Gillott (1993a), Yunakov, Nazarenko, Filimonov & Volovnik (2018a).

Last modified 4.vii.2022