Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Bembecia megillaeformis

Bembecia megillaeformis (Hübner, 1813)

on Colutea, Cytisus, Genista

parasite

The larva bores in the roots.

host plants

Fabaceae, oligophagous

Colutea arborescens; Cytisus hirsutus, procumbens, ratisbonensis; Genista tinctoria.

Rarely Astragalus glycyphyllos.

phenology

The larva lives for two years, in the first year without apparent damage to the host plant. In the second year a circular gallery is made between the bark and the wood at the level of the root crown, which kills the plant. The larva pupates in the gallery, without making a cocoon.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).

larva, pupa

Larva and pupa are extensively described by Bąkowski.

references

Bąkowski (2013b), Bartsch (2003a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2001a), Sobczyk, Kallies & Riefenstahl (2007a), Špatenka (1987a), Toševski in litt. (2018).

Last modified 26.ix.2018