Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Contarinia rubicola

Contarinia rubicola Kieffer, 1909

on Rubus

Contarinia rubicola: young larva on Rubus spec.

Rubus spec., Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Meerhout, de Hutten, © Carina Van Steenwinkel: young larva

Contarinia rubicola: mature larva on Rubus fruticosus

Rubus fruticosus, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Mol, 9.vii.2015 © Carina Van Steenwinkel: mature larva

Contarinia rubicola: galling flower of Rubus fruticosus

Rubus fruticosus, Meijendel, galled flower

Contarinia rubicola: larva

larva © Hans Roskam


The flowers remain closed and are malformed within the enlarged calyce; the anthers turn black. In the gall many yellowish white, jumping larvae. Infested flowers soon drop. Univoltine or bivoltine; pupation in the soil.

host plants

Rosaceae, monophagous

Rubus caesius, fruticosus.


Contarinia rubicola: spatula

spatula with papillae (from Möhn, 1955a)


Barnes (1948b), Bruun (2015a), Buhr (1965a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Grosscurt (2022b), Kieffer (1909a), Möhn (1955a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Roskam & Carbonnelle (2015a), Rübsaamen (1910e), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1997a, 2021a: 229), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Jørgensen (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a).

Last modified 12.ii.2023