Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Contarinia melanocera

Contarinia melanocera Kieffer, 1904

on Genista

Contarinia melanocera: galls

galls (from Houard, 1909a)


Fusiform, fleshy swelling of the tip of a stem. It contains usually several gall chambers, each with one yellowish larva that can jump. Univoltine, pupation and hibernation in the soil.


Fabaceae, monophagous

Genista corsica, depressa, germanica, tinctoria.


Janetiella genistae Kieffer, 1909, described with red larvae, probably is a synonym.


The picture below shows a galling, not of the main axis but of the midrib. It is not unthinkable that it concerns a gall of C. melanocera.
cf Contarinia melanocera on Genista tinctoria

Genista tinctoria, Belgium, prov. Namur, Heure, Domain de Jalna, 11.viii.2021 © Stéphane Claerebout


Bellmann (2012a), Buhr (1965a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Gagné & Jaschhof (2014a), Kieffer (1909a), Redfern &a Shirley (2011a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (2000a, 2004a, 2007a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Postolovski (2007a), Skuhravá (1989a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1994a, 1997a, 1999a, 2009b, 2010a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Hellrigl (2001a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Neacsu (1972a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Skrzypczyńska & Szadziewski (2008a), Stănescu (2009a), Tomasi (2012a).

Last modified 12.viii.2021