Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Dasineura trifolii

Dasineura trifolii (Löw, 1874)

clover leaf midge

on Trifolium

Dasineura trifolii gall

Trifolium repens, Cadzand © Arnold Grosscurt

Dasineura trifolii larvae

gall, folded open to show the pale orange larvae

Dasineura trifolii: gall on Trifolium pratense

Trifolium pratense, Flevoland, Reve-Abbertbos © Hans Jonkman

Dasineura trifolii: young larvae

young larvae


Several generations per year. Larvae of the summer generations pupate in the gall, in a white cocoon. The larvae of the autumn generation leave the gall and hibernate in the soil.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Trifolium alpestre, arvense, bordzilowskyi, campestre, fragiferum, medium, pratense, repens.


Dasineura trifolii: spatula

spatula (from Nijveldt, 1963a)


Cecidomyia, Perrisia, trifolii.


Lestodiplosis trifolii is a predator is this species.
See also Tricholaba trifolii.


Béguinot (2006a, 2007b), Bruun (2015a), Buhr (1965a), Burton, Carbonnelle, Ellis & Schneider (2019a), Cogolludo (1921a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Gagné (2010a), Houard (1909a), Ilie & Marinescu (2011a), Kieffer (1891a), Koops (2013a), Lambinon Schneider & Feitz (2012a), Mirumian (2011a), Nijveldt (1963a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Roskam & Carbonnelle (2015a), Sánchez (2016a), Simova-Tošić & Skuhravá (2001a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1996a, 2000a, 2004a, 2007a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Postolovski (2007a), Skrzypczyńska (2007a), Skuhravá (2006a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1988a, 1994a,b, 1997a, 1999a,b, 2003a, 2005b,c, 2006a, 2007a, 2009a, 2010a,b, 2012a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Blasco-Zumeta & Pujade-Villar (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Buhr (2013a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dončev & Dimitrova (1991a, 1992a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Hellrigl (2001a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Jørgensen (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Massa (2007a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Neacsu (1972a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Skrzypczyńska & Szadziewski (2008a), Stănescu (2009a), Tomasi (2012a).

Last modified 25.xi.2020