Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Contarinia scoparii

Contarinia scoparii (Rübsaamen, 1889)

on Cytisus

Contarinia scoparii: gall on Cytisus scoparius

Cytisus scoparius, Belgium, prov. Luxemburg, Arlon, Camp militaire de Lagland leg Sébastien Carbonnelle © Stéphane Claerebout

Contarinia scoparii: opened gall with larva

opened gall with larva


The terminal buds have turned into an ovoid unilocular gall of up to 3 mm. The gall can also consist of an elliptic swelling of the stem, a petiole, or even a thick vein. The larva is solitary, shining yellow to orange, and can jump.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Cytisus albus, grandiflorus, scoparius, striatus.

According to Houard also Genista falcata.


Diplosis scoparii.


Lestodiplosis marini.


Buhr (1965a), Cogolludo (1921a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Gagné (2010a), Houard (1909a), Kieffer (1890a, 1891a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Roskam & Carbonnelle (2015a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1997b, 2021a: 90), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Blasco-Zumeta & Pujade-Villar (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Tavares (1905a).

Last modified 16.x.2021