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Contarinia nasturtii
(swede midge)



Contarinia nasturtii (swede midge)


  • Last modified
  • 10 December 2020
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Contarinia nasturtii
  • Preferred Common Name
  • swede midge
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Contarinia nasturtii (Kieffer)

Preferred Common Name

  • swede midge

Other Scientific Names

  • Contarinia geisenheyneri
  • Contarinia isatidis
  • Contarinia ruderalis
  • Contarinia torquens
  • Diplosis nasturtii
  • Diplosis ruderalis

International Common Names

  • English: cabbage gall midge; gall midge; midge, cabbage; midge, swede
  • Spanish: cecidomia de la col; mosquito de la col
  • French: cécidomie du chou-fleur; cecidomyie du chou; cecidomyie du chou-fleur

Local Common Names

  • Denmark: krusesygegalmyg
  • Germany: Gallmuecke, Kohl-; Gallmuecke, Kraeusel-; Muecke, Kohldrehherz-
  • Italy: Cecidomia del cavolo; Cecidomia del nasturzio
  • Netherlands: Draaihartigheid der kolen; Galmug der draaihartigkeit van de kool; Koolgalmug
  • Norway: kalgallmygg
  • Sweden: kalgallmygga

EPPO code

  • CONTNA (Contarinia nasturtii)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Diptera
  •                         Family: Cecidomyiidae
  •                             Genus: Contarinia
  •                                 Species: Contarinia nasturtii

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 30 Jun 2021
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes


GermanyPresentOriginal citation: Gemmar & Koch, 2002
NetherlandsPresentOriginal citation: Goffau et al., 1996
NorwayPresentOriginal citation: Rygg, 1978
United KingdomPresentOriginal citation: Kelly, 1977

North America

CanadaPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-QuebecPresentIntroducedOriginal citation: Kikkert et al., 2006
United StatesPresentPresent based on regional distribution.
-New YorkPresentIntroducedOriginal citation: Kikkert et al., 2006

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