Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Contarinia lathyri

Contarinia lathyri Kieffer, 1909

on Lathyrus

Contarinia lathyri: galled flowers of Lathyrus pratensis

Lathyrus pratensis, Poland, Bialowieza © Sébastien Carbonnelle: almost imperceptably galled flowers

Contarinia lathyri: larvae

opened flower with two larvae


according to the literature, the larvae develop in the closed, swollen flower buds. The pictures above demonstrate that they can also develop in unfolded, hardly disfigured flowers. Larvae white or lemon yellow, able to jump. Probably univoltine; hibernation in the ground.

host plants

Fabaceae, narrowly monophagous

Lathyrus pratensis.


Buhr (1965a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Gagné (2010a), Kieffer (1909a), O’Connor & Wistow (1999a), Redfern & Shriley (2011a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (2000a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Postolovski (2007a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1999a, 2003a, 2010a, 2021a: 150), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Tomasi (2014a).

Last modified 25.ix.2021