Contarinia loti


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. 

Identification difficulty

Gall Adult

Recording advice

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Galls may be found wherever the host species occur.

When to see it

Galls occur between June and September.

Life History

Two or more generations per year; hibernation in the soil.

UK Status

True status in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
22/09/2021 (Timms, Sue)
Last record:
17/06/2023 (Timms, Sue)

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