Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Contarinia valerianae

Contarinia valerianae (Rübsaamen, 1890)

on Valeriana

Contarinia valerianae: gall on Valeriana excelsa

Valeriana excelsa, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Florenville, @ Sébastien Carbonelle (Valeriana repens according to the flora by Lambinon ao, 2004a)

Contarinia valerianae: galls on Valeriana excelsa

cluster of galled flowers


The flower buds are swollen and remain closed; often several galled flowers clumped together. Larvae gregarious, white, jumping. Bivoltine.

host plants

Caprifoliaceae, monophagous

Valeriana excelsa & subsp. sambucifolia, officinalis & subsp. collina.


Buhr (1965a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Houard (1909a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Roskam & Carbonnelle (2015a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (2005b, 2010a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Tomasi (2014a).

Last modified 23.i.2019