Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Contarinia schlechtendaliana

Contarinia schlechtendaliana (Rübsaamen, 1893)

on Sonchus

Contarinia schlechtendaliana on Sonchus oleraceus

Sonchus oleraceus, Albasserdam-village, 19.vii.2021 © Rik Vinke

Contarinia schlechtendaliana on Sonchus oleraceus

the larvae did jump

Contarinia schlechtendaliana on Sonchus oleraceus

also the receptacle, and the upper part of of the peduncle is attacked

Contarinia schlechtendaliana on Sonchus oleraceus

apex of the spatula

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.

host plants

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, 2021a: 268), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Skrzypczyńska & Szadziewski (2008a), Tomasi (2012a, 2014a).

Last modified 11.xi.2021