Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Sitodiplosis mosellana

Sitodiplosis mosellana (Géhin, 1857)

wheat midge

on Triticum


An orange larva lives in a spikelet, that does not show signs of damage, yet the seed remains undeveloped. Univoltine; pupation and hibernation in the soil in a silk cocoon.

Only in the first and second instar the larva does feed. The third-instar larva remains immobile within the dried larval skin of the second instar, that functions as a temporary cocoon. After a shorter or longer time the larva leaves the temporary cocoon and drops to the ground.


Poaceae, oligofaag

Hordeum vulgare; Triticum aestivum, turgidum.

De drie larve-stadia worden beschreven door Gagné & Doane.


The three larval instars are described by Gagné & Doane.

Sitodiplosis mosellana: spatula

spatula with papillae (from Möhn, 1955a)

parasitoids, predators

Macroglenes penetrans.


Secondary cereal pest.


Askew, Blasco-Zumeta & Pujade-Villar (2001a), Buhr (1965a), Gagné (2010a), Gagné & Doane (1999a), Liatukas, Ruzgas & Šmatas (2009a), Möhn (1955a), Nijveldt (1954a), Roskam & Carbonnelle (2015a), Roy, Langevin, Légaré & Duval (2008a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (2000a, 2004a, 2007a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Postolovski (2007a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1997a, 1999a, 2009b, 2012a, 2021a: 134, 289), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dončev & Dimitrova (1991a, 1992a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Jørgensen (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Neacsu (1972a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Skrzypczyńska & Szadziewski (2008a), Wetzel, Skuhravý, Camprag, ao (1984a).

Last modified 15.v.2022