Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Grapholita compositella

Grapholita compositella (Fabricius, 1775)

triple-stripe piercer. clover seed moth

on Fabaceae


The larvae of the first generation, in early summer, live in an upwards running gallery in the stem; the larvae of the second generation leave among spun leaves or flowers.

host plants

Fabaceae, oligophagous

Astragalus cicer; Lotus corniculatus; Medicago sativa; Melilotus; Trifolium pratense, repens.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Pictures on Lepiforum; see also Swatschek.


See Patočka & Turčáni.


Cydia, Grapholitha, Laspeyresia, compositella.


Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1979a), Disqué (1905a), Hancock & Bland (2015b), Lepiforum, Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Schütze (1931a), Swatschek (1958a), Wegner (2010a).

Last modified 26.xi.2019