Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Hylastinus obscurus

Hylastinus obscurus (Marsham, 1802)

clover root rot borer; gorse bark beetle

on Fbaceae


Both the larvae and the beetles make long galleries in the roots, that very soon start to rot. Houard writes that the flowers turn green, but according to Stickney attacked plants shown no aboveground symptoms

host plants

Fabaceae, oligophagous

Adenocarpus complicatus; Cytisus scoparius; Genista florida; Laburnum anagyroides; Lembotropis nigricans; Medicago sativa; Melilotus albus; Onobrychis viciifolia; Ononis natrix; Pisum sativum; Trifolium hybridum, incarnatum, medium, pratense, repens; Ulex europaeus.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


Hylastinus obscurus larva

from Stickney (1916a)


Bouček (1967a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Duffy (1953a), Houard (1909a), Lombardero (1995a), Munroe (1926a), Nikulina, Mandelshtam, Petrov, ao (2015a), Schedl (1980a), Stickney (1916a).

Last modified 15.viii.2022