Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Sphaeroderma rubidum

Sphaeroderma rubidum (Graells, 1858)

on Asteraceae

Sphaeroderma rubidum:  mines on Centaurea jacea

Centaurea jacea, GD Luxembourg, Kautenbach, Routseit.


Long corridor mine, without obvious relation with the leaf margin, with little frass and irregularly eaten out sides. The first part of the mine is full depth and makes a few close loops; the second part is upper-surface and considerably wider. Primary feedings lines often obvious. The larva is so broad that is completely fills the mine.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Arctium; Carduus pycnocephalus; Carthamus lanatus; Centaurea aspera, debeauxii, jacea, procurrens, scabios; Cynara cardunculus, scolymus; Echinops; Galactites tomentosus; Onopordum acanthium; Serratula; Silybum marianum.


Hibernation as larva.


BE observed (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

NE observed ((Beenen & Winkelman, 1993a; Fauna Europaea, 2007).

LUX observed (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

West, Central and South Europe, also the British Isles (Cox, 2007a; Fauna Europaea, 2007).



A pest in the cultivation of cardoon (Iglesias ao).


Bahillo de la Puebla & Román (2009a), Baselga & Novoa (2002b), Baviera & Biondi (2015a), Beenen & Winkelman (1993a), Biondi (1994b), Bukejs (2009a), Cox (2007a), Farina (2015a), Furth (1997a), Haase (1942a), Hering (1930a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Iglesias, Varés & Sinobas (1999a), Jolivet (1953a), Lorenz (1997a), Ouda, Čížek & Boža (2013a), Petitpierre, Sacarés & Jurado-Rivera (2017a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2018a), Robbins (1991a), Rozner & Rozner (2014a), Skala (1936a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Steinhausen (1994a), Troukens (2012a), Ugarte San Vicente (2005a), Vela, Bastazo & Fritzlar (2017a), Warchalowski (2003a), van Wielink (2020a).

Last modified 28.iii.2021