Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cassida palaestina

Cassida palaestina Reiche, 1858

on Carthamus, 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

Carthamus tinctorius; Centaurea behen; Cirsium; Cousinia; Cynara scolymus; Silybum marianum.


Hibernation as imago.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).


See Świętojańska ao.


Świętojańska, Moradian, Borowiec & Ostovan (2013a).

Last modified 9.vii.2020