Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cassida algirica

Cassida algirica Lucas, 1849

on thistles

parasite

Larvae and adults free on the leaves. The spinulose larvae are conspicuous by holding a large lump, a mix of frass and exuvia, over the body, kept in place by a pair of hooks at the tip of the abdomen.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Carthamus lanatus; Cirsium scabrum; Cynara cardunculus, scolymus; Galactites tomentosus.

phenology

Hibernation as imago.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).

pupa

See Steinhausen (2002a).

references

Kismani & Sassi (1994a), Petitpierre (2009a), Steinhausen (2002a).

Last modified 19.vii.2020