Ceratapion damryi (Desbrochers des Loges, 1894)
Corridor, exclusively in the midrib; usually a number of mines together. The mature larva makes en elliptic pupal chamber within the mine, in which a cocoon is formed out of hardened intestinal secretion. The beetles bite countless tiny holes in the leave (“maturation feeding”), resembling feeding punctures.
Cynara cardunculus, scolymus.
First larvae in March-April (Melis, 1941a; Italy).
Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2010).
distribution within Europe
Southern Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2007).
A pest in the artichoke culture.
Ehret (1990a), Friedman & Freidberg (2007a), Hering (1957a), Melis (1941a), Mifsud & Colonnelli (2010a).