Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cassida alpina

Cassida alpina Bremi Wolf, 1855

on Centaurea, etc.


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

Carduus carlinoides; Carlina acaulis; Centaurea jacea, scabiosa subsp. alpestris, uniflora; Cirsium spinosissimum; Cyanus montanus.


Hibernation as imago.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).


See Steinhausen (2002a).


Cassida rubiginosa alpina.


Fritzlar (2017a), Murria Beltrán (2003a, 2004a), Petitpierre (2007a, 2009a), Regalin, Bezděk, Penati & Ciapponi (2006a), Steinhausen (2002a).

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