Contarinia geniculati Reuter

This generally common grass midge attacks the florets of both cocksfoot and meadow foxtail. The larvae feed singly within the florets (cf. Contarinia merceri, below) and there are up to two generations each year. In common with those of other species, they contribute to yield losses in seed crops. The fully grown larvae are pinkish-yellow and, unlike those of related species, lack a sternal spatula. In common with those of Dasineura alopecuri (p. 171), the larvae often remain within infested seeds after harvest.

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