Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Dasineura medicaginis

Dasineura medicaginis (Bremi, 1847)

on Medicago

Dasineura medicaginis on Medicago sativa

Medicago sativa, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Mol, 5.vii.2021 © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Dasineura medicaginis on Medicago sativa

larvae in opened gall

Dasineura medicaginis larva

anterior part of the larva, lighted from behind; dark are eye patch and fat body, yellow-brown spatula and intestine contents

Dasineura medicaginis larva

spatula and adjacent papillae

Dasineura medicaginis larva

apex of the spatula

Dasineura medicaginis: galls on Medicago sativa

Medicago sativa, Zwolle-zuid, 18.viii.2020 © Arnold Grosscurt

Dasineura medicaginis: gall on Medicago sativa

a single gall

Dasineura medicaginis: gall on Medicago sativa

opened gall with larve

Dasineura medicaginis: gall on Medicago sativa

vacated gall, opened

Dasineura medicaginis gall

Medicago sativa, Belgium, prov. Namur, Treignes, Saumières, 21.ix.2009 © Jean-Yves Baugnée


Leaf bud gall. Larvae gregarious, reddish yellow to orange-red. Several generations per year; pupation in the ground.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Medicago falcata, littoralis, minima, prostrata, sativa, truncatula, x varia.


Dasineura, Perrisia, ignorata Wachtl, 1884.


In Central Europe a serious pest of lucerne.


Béguinot (2002a, 2012a), Bruun (2015a), Buhr (1964b), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Deckert & Deckert (2016a), Houard (1909a), Lambinon, Carbonnelle & Claerebout (2015a), Lambinon, Schneider & Feitz (2001b), O’Connor & Wistow (1999a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Roskam & Carbonnelle (2015a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1996a, 2000a, 2004a, 2007a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Postolovski (2007a), Skrzypczyńska (2007a), Skuhravá (2006a), Skuhravá, Blasco-Zumeta & Skuhravý (1993a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1994a,b, 1997a, 1999a,b, 2005b, 2009a, 2010a, 2021a: 164), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Blasco-Zumeta & Pujade-Villar (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dončev & Dimitrova (1991a, 1992a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Jørgensen (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Massa (2007a), Skuhravý & Skuhravá (1999a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Neacsu (1972a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Skrzypczyńska & Szadziewski (2008a), Stănescu (2009a), Tomasi (2014a), Wachtl (1884a).

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