Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Contarinia schlechtendaliana

Contarinia schlechtendaliana (Rübsaamen, 1893)

on Sonchus

Contarinia schlechtendaliana: larvae in capitulum of Sonchus cf asper

Sonchus cf asper, Belgium, prov. Hainaut, Vaulx-le-Tournai © Sébastien Carbonnelle


the flower heads are enlarged, because the receptacle is strongly broadened and swollen. On top of the receptacle live several yellow, jumping, larvae. Multivoltine, pupation in the soil.

According to Buhr this species makes yet another type of gall: The larvae live in the leaf axils and the adjacent section of the stem is swollen and contorted.


Asteraceae, monophagous

Sonchus arvensis, asper, oleraceus.


Diplosis schlechtendaliana; Contarinia sonchi Kieffer, 1896.


Buhr (1965a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Gagné (2010a), Gagné & Jaschhof (2014a), Houard (1909a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam & Carbonnelle (2015a), Rübsaamen (1893a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1996a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1994a, 1997a, 1999b), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Skrzypczyńska & Szadziewski (2008a), Tomasi (2012a, 2014a).

Last modified 7.x.2019