Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Inula helenium


organparasitic modestagenotetaxonomic groupparasite
predatorAnthocoridaeAnthocoris nemorum
leafpredatorMiridaeDeraeocoris flavilinea
predatorAnthocoridaeOrius majusculus
predatorMiridaeCampylomma verbasci
leafvagrantRhopalidaeStictopleurus punctatonervosus
leafvagrantPentatomidaeDolycoris baccarum
leafhiddenTortricidaeCnephasia chrysantheana
leafvagrantCicadellidaeEupteryx atropunctata
root collarborerdoubtfulApionidaeCeratapion onopordi
root collarborerlarvaApionidaeDiplapion stolidum
leafvagrantChrysomelidaeCassida murraea
leafvagrantPterophoridaeOidaematophorus constanti
leafvagrantPterophoridaeOidaematophorus giganteus
fruitborerdoubtfulTortricidaeFalseuncaria ruficiliana
fruitborerdoubtfulTortricidaeFalseuncaria ruficiliana
leafdownErysiphalesGolovinomyces tabaci
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeMyzus persicae
flowerborerTephritidaeTephritis valida
leafdownErysiphalesGolovinomyces inulae
leafdownErysiphalesLeveillula lappae
leafminerAgromyzidaePhytomyza conyzae
leafminerAgromyzidaePhytomyza kyffhusana
leafminerChoreutidaeTebenna micalis
leafminerColeophoridaeColeophora follicularis
leafminerCurculionidaeOrthochaetes insignis
leafminerGlyphipterigidaeDigitivalva granitella
leafpustuleaeciaPuccinialesAecidium inulae-helenii
leafpustuleuredinia teliaPuccinialesColeosporium inulae
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeBrachycaudus helichrysi
leafvagrantsummer generationAphididaeCapitophorus pakansus


the part of the plant that most conspicuously is hit by the parasite

all buds: both flower buds and leaf buds
flower: also inflorescence
leaf: also needle, phyllodium, petiole
leaf bud: also unfolding young leaf
fruit: also seed
root: also root stock, runners
root collar: also the lowest part of the stem
stem: also culm, the lower part of the peduncle, in grasses also leaf sheath
systemic: the entire above-ground plant.


borer: larva living internally, almost no outwards signs
down: 0.5-2 mm high fungal down
film: very thin cover of fungal tussue
gall: swelling and/or malformation
grazer: feeding at the outside of the plant
leaf spot: discoloured, often ± necrotic, generally not galled, sign of a fungus infection
miner-borer: larve initially makes a mine, lives as a borer later
pustule: plug of fungal tissue, generally brown-black and < 2 mm
stripe: longitudinal line of fungal tissue in a grass leaf
vagrant: (aphids, mites) living freely on the plant, at higher densitiy causing malformations.


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The host plant spectre of a parasite is rarely known exhaustively; this applies in particular at the species level. It is advisable therefore to check at least also the list of all parasites of this genus.


Last modified 1.iii.2022