Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Contarinia jacobaeae

Contarinia jacobaeae (Loew, 1850)

on Senecio s.l.

Contarinia jacobaeae in Jacobaea vulgaris

Jacobaea vulgaris, Zwolle-zuid, 8.ix.2021 © Arnold Grosscurt (the orange larvae ware able to jun; whether the white larvae belong to the same species is unclear)

Contarinia jacobaeae: galls on Jacobaea vulgaris

Jacobaea vulgaris, België, prov Luik, Amay © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Contarinia jacobaeae: gall on Jacobaea vulgaris

Jacobaea vulgaris, Belgium, prov Namur, Viroinval © Stéphane Claerebout

Contarinia jacobaeae: larva



The flower heads are swollen and somewhat fleshy. Also the stems may be galled: usually in their upper part, with conspicuous, unilateral swellings and distortions. The larvae are gregarious, shining yellow (Rübsaamen) or yellowish white (Skuhravá ao), and able to jump. Generally several generations per year; pupation in the ground.


Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Jacobaea aquatica, erratica, erucifolia, paludosa, vulgaris; Senecio leucanthemifolius subsp. vernalis, sylvaticus, viscosus, vulgaris.


Contarinia jacobaeae: spatula

spatula (from Rübsaamen, 1891a).


Stictodiplosis jacobaeae; Diplosis senecionis Rübsaamen, 1891.


Jaapiella crinita.


Lestodiplosis giardi, jacobeae.


It is not fully certain that the larva pictured above is not the inquiline; however, that species is not known from the Benelux.


Baylac (1988a), Béguinot (2006c), Buhr (1965a), Burton, Carbonnelle, Ellis & Schneider (2019a), Coulianos & Karlsson (2014a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Docters van Leeuwen (1936a), Grosscurt (2022b), Houard (1909a), Kieffer (1891a), Lehmann & Hannover (2016a), Máca (2012a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Roskam & Carbonnelle (2015a), Rübsaamen (1891b), Schneider (2016a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1996a, 2000a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1994a, 1997a, 1999a, 2011a, 2021a: 262), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dončev & Dimitrova (1991a, 1992a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Jørgensen (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Neacsu (1972a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Skrzypczyńska & Szadziewski (2008a), Spungis (2003a), Tomasi (2014a).

Last modified 21.xii.2022