Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cassida margaritacea

Cassida margaritacea Schaller, 1783

on Silene, 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

Caryophyllaceae, oligophagous

Dianthus carthusianorum; Petrorhagia prolifera; Saponaria officinalis; Silene dioica, latifolia, vulgaris; Spergula arvensis.

Beetles also on Antennaria; Centaurea; Helichrysum; Thymus.


Hibernation as imago.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).


See Steinhausen (2002a).


Baviera & Sassi (2020a), Beltrán (2007a), Biondi, Regalin, Daccordi & Poggi (198a), Bukejs, Tamutis, Ferenca & Alekseev (2012a), Bukejs, Telnov & Barševskis (2009a), Farina (2015a), Jolivet (1953a), Murria Beltrán (2007b), Petitpierre (2007a, 2009a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2018a), Rozner & Rozner (2014a), Steinhausen (2002a).

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