Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cassida algirica

Cassida algirica Lucas, 1849

on thistles


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.


Hibernation as imago.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).


See Steinhausen (2002a).


d’Alessandro & Biondi (2011a), Baviera & Sassi (2020a), Kismani & Sassi (1994a), Petitpierre (2009a), Steinhausen (2002a).

Last modified 14.ii.2024