Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cassida murraea

Cassida murraea Linnaeus, 1767

fleabane tortoise beetle

on Pulicaria, 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, narrowly oligophagous

Carpesium; Dittrichia viscosa; Inula conyzae, helenium, salicina; Pulicaria dysenterica.


Hibernation as imago.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).

Zie Steinhausen (2002a).


See Steinhausen (2002a).

parasitoids, predators

Tetrastichus clito.


Beenen, Winkelman, Nunen ao (2015a), Biondi (1994b), Bukejs, Tamutis, Ferenca & Alekseev (2012a), Bukejs, Telnov & Barševskis (2009a), Hofmann (2012a), Hubble (2010a), Recalde Irurzon & Ugarte San Vicente (2005a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2018a), Rocchi & Bordoni (2004a), Steinhausen (2002a), Troukens (2012a).

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