Contarinia (genus)

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Contarinia pseudotsugae
Author: Gilles San Martin
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Contarinia Rondani, 1860

This genus is widely distributed and contains more than 300 species of gall midges. They cause galls mainly on flowers and buds, but also on leaves. Many species have a restricted host range and some are serious pests of agricultural crops. The most important pests include the sorghum midge, Contarinia sorghicola, in tropical and subtropical regions, and the swede midge, Contarinia nasturtii, on Brassica in North America and Europe.


Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: