Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cassida pusilla

Cassida pusilla Waltl, 1839

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, oligophagous

Centaurea debeauxii; Dittrichia viscosa; Inula montana; Pallenis spinosa; Pulicaria dysenterica.


Hibernation as imago.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).


Bahillo de la Puebla & Román (2009a), Baviera & Sassi (2020a), Biondi (1994b), Biondi, Regalin, Daccordi & Poggi (198a), Dogan, Turanli & Sekerka (2012a), Jolivet (1953a), Petitpierre (2007a, 2009a), Petitpierre, Sacarés & Jurado-Rivera (2017a), Recalde Irurzon & Ugarte San Vicente (2005a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2018a), Ugarte San Vicente (2005a).

Last modified 22.iii.2024