Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Contarinia lonicerearum

Contarinia lonicerearum (Löw, 1877)

on Lonicera, Viburnum

Contarinia lonicerearum: galls on Lonicera xylosteum

Lonicera xylosteum, Belgium, prov. Luxemburg, Torgny © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Contarinia lonicerearum: gall on Lonicera xylosteum



Larvae in the closed and somewhat enlarged flower buds. The larvae are gregarious, off-yellow; they can jump.

host plants

Adoxaceae, Caprifoliaceae, narrowly polyphagous

Lonicera alpigena, caerulea, caucasica subsp. orientalis, chrysantha, nigra, xylosteum, tatarica; Viburnum lantana, opulus.


Contarinia lonicerearum: spatula

spatula with papillae (from Möhn, 1955a)


Diplosis lonicerearum. See C. sambuci.


During some period this species was understood as a synonym of C. sambuci; it was reinstated by Skuhravá in 2009. Also because of this confusion, it is not clear whether lonicerearum does occur on Viburnum as well.
The description of the gall by Roskam & Carbonnelle does not relate to lonicerearum (cf Skuhravá 2009a).


Barnes (1948a,b), Beguinot (2002a,e, 2003b), Bellmann (2012a), Buhr (1964b, 1965a), Burton, Carbonnelle, Ellis & Schneider (2019a), Gagné (2010a), Gagné & Jaschhof (2014a), Houard (1909a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam & Carbonnelle (2015a), Rübsaamen (1895c), Schliesske (2002a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (2000a), Skuhravá (2009a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1997a, 2010a, 2021a: 157), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Buhr (2013a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Neacsu (1972a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Skrzypczyńska & Szadziewski (2008a), Tomasi (2003a).

Last modified 26.ix.2021