Sphaeroderma rubidum (Graells, 1858)

on Asteraceae

Sphaeroderma rubidum:  mines on Centaurea jacea

Centaurea jacea, GD Luxembourg, Kautenbach, Routseit.


Long corridor mine, without obvious relation with the leaf margin, with little frass and irregularly eaten out sides. The first part of the mine is full depth and makes a few close loops; the second part is upper-surface and considerably wider. Primary feedings lines often obvious. The larva is so broad that is completely fills the mine.


Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Arctium; Centaurea debeauxii, jacea; Cynara cardunculus, scolymus; Echinops; Onopordum acanthium; Serratula.


Hibernation as larva.


BE observed (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

NE observed ((Beenen & Winkelman, 1993a; Fauna Europaea, 2007).

LUX observed (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

West, Central and South Europe, also the British Isles (Cox, 2007a; Fauna Europaea, 2007).



A pest in the cultivation of cardoon (Iglesias ao).


Beenen & Winkelman (1993a), Bukejs (2009a), Cox (2007a), Haase (1942a), Hering (1930a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Iglesias, Varés & Sinobas (1999a), Lorenz (1997a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2018a), Robbins (1991a), Skala (1936a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Steinhausen (1994a), Ugarte San Vicente (2005a), Warchalowski (2003a).

mod 23.vi.2019