Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Contarinia cucubali

Contarinia cucubali Kieffer, 1909

on Silene


The topmost two leaves are abnormally short and broad, and folded towards each other, their margins touching. In the resulting cavity several white, 2 mm long larvae, that can jump. Hibernation in the soil; probably univoltine. Spatula of the larva hyaline except for the yellow apical part with two obtuse lobes, almost as long as broad, that are separated by a wide concave incision.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, narrowly monophagous

Silene vulgaris.


Bruun (2019a), Buhr (1965a), Kieffer (1909a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1997a, 1994a, 1999b, 2003a, 2010a, 2021a: 89), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Hellrigl (2001a, 2002a).

Last modified 22.ix.2021