The larvae of the gall midge Contarinia loti gall members of the Fabaceae family of plants, particularly causing galls in the flower buds of Bird's-foot-trefoils. The buds may become swollen, up to 12mm long, distorted or remaining closed. The galls are yellow-green and first becoming red later. The galls may contain one, or more, yellow or white larvae which can jump.
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Galls may be found wherever the host species occur.
Galls occur between June and September.
Two or more generations per year; hibernation in the soil.
True status in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records.
Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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