Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Pilemostoma fastuosum

Pilemostoma fastuosum (Schaller, 1783)

on Inula, Pulicaria


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

Inula britannica, conyzae, ensifolia, hirta, salicina; Pulicaria dysenterica.


Hibernation as imago.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).


Pilemostoma fastuosa.

parasitoids, predators

Tetrastichus pilemostomae.


Benedikt (2014a), Bukejs, Telnov & Barševskis (2009a), Gavrilović, Gavrilović, Ćurči, ao (2014a), Hubble (2014a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2018a).

Last modified 7.vii.2022