Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Capsella bursa-pastoris


synonym: Capsella heegeri, viguieri

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
seeds vagrant Lygaeidae Scolopostethus thomsoni
predator Eulophidae Necremnus aenigmaticus
predator Eulophidae Necremnus hippa
predator Eulophidae Necremnus tidius
leaf leaf spot Capnodiales Neopseudocercosporella capsellae
seeds vagrant Lygaeidae Stygnocoris fuligineus
seeds vagrant Lygaeidae Sphragisticus nebulosus
leaf vagrant Miridae Pachytomella passerinii
fruit vagrant Rhopalidae Brachycarenus tigrinus
fruit vagrant Lygaeidae Nysius huttoni
leaf vagrant Pentatomidae Eurydema ventralis
leaf vagrant Pentatomidae Eurydema oleracea
leaf vagrant Lygaeidae Spilostethus pandurus
fruit vagrant Pieridae Anthocharis cardamines
leaf vagrant Pieridae Pieris brassicae
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Aphrodes bicinctus
leaf miner Chrysomelidae Phyllotreta nemorum
stem gall Curculionidae Ceutorhynchus hirtulus
fruit borer larva Curculionidae Ceutorhynchus similis
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Galeruca pomonae
stem borer Chrysomelidae Psylliodes chrysocephala
root vagrant Chrysomelidae Psylliodes cuprea
root vagrant Chrysomelidae Phyllotreta atra
leaf vagrant Chrysomelidae Colaphellus sophiae
stem borer larva Curculionidae Lixus ochraceus
leaf hidden Crambidae Evergestis pallidata
leaf vagrant Triozidae Bactericera nigricornis
flower hidden Thripidae Frankliniella intonsa
fruit borer larva Curculionidae Ceutorhynchus typhae
stem borer Curculionidae Ceutorhynchus sulcicollis
leaf miner Curculionidae Ceutorhynchus erysimi
leaf down Erysiphales Golovinomyces tabaci
flower vagrant Aphididae Spatulophorus incanae
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis fabae solanella
root vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis sambuci
leaf vagrant Triozidae Bactericera tremblayi
stem miner Agromyzidae Ophiomyia alliariae
leaf vagrant Aphididae Macrosiphum euphorbiae
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aphis gossypii capsellae
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis frangulae beccabungae
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis fabae solanella
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis fabae fabae
systemic borer Anguinidae Ditylenchus dipsaci
fruit gall Cecidomyiidae Dasineura napi
flower gall Cecidomyiidae Gephyraulus capsellae
flower gall Eriophyidae Aceria drabae
leaf down Erysiphales Erysiphe cruciferarum
leaf down Erysiphales Golovinomyces orontii
leaf down Erysiphales Podosphaera drabae
leaf down Peronosporales Hyaloperonospora parasitica
leaf gall Aphididae Brevicoryne brassicae
leaf gall Curculionidae Ceutorhynchus chalibaeus
leaf miner Agromyzidae Liriomyza bryoniae
leaf miner Agromyzidae Liriomyza xanthocera
leaf miner Curculionidae Ceutorhynchus minutus
leaf miner Drosophilidae Scaptomyza flava
leaf pustule Albuginales Albiginaceae Albugo candida
leaf pustule aecia Pucciniales Puccinia isiacae
leaf vagrant Aphididae Lipaphis erysimi
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis fabae
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis frangulae
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis nasturtii
leaf vagrant rarely Aphididae Sitobion avenae
leaf vagrant Aphididae Myzus ascalonicus
stem gall Asterolecaniidae Planchonia arabidis
root collar gall Curculionidae Ceutorhynchus assimilis
root collar gall Plasmodiophorales Plasmodiophora brassicae
root gall Heteroderidae Heterodera avenae
root gall Heteroderidae Heterodera goettingiana
root gall Heteroderidae Heterodera schachtii
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Myzus persicae
leaf vagrant summer generation rarely Aphididae Rhopalosiphum padi
stem vagrant Aphididae Aphis craccivora
leaf vagrant summer generation Aphididae Aphis frangulae frangulae
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aphis gossypii
stem vagrant rarely Aphididae Acyrthosiphon pisum
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aulacorthum solani
root collar vagrant Aphididae Brachycaudus lateralis
leaf vagrant summer generation main Aphididae Brachycaudus cardui
leaf vagrant Aphididae Myzus ornatus


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.


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