Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ceutorhynchus obstrictus

Ceutorhynchus obstrictus (Marsham, 1802)

cabbage seed pod borer

on Brassicaceae


The female deposits her eggs in developing siliquae; the larvae feed on the seeds. Pupation in the soil; univoltine.

host plants

Brassicaceae, broadly oligophagous: actually on all species with not too small siliquae

Brassica juncea, napus, nigra, rapa; Cardaria draba; Raphanus sativus; Sinapis alba.


Larvae from May on.

distribution within Europe

All of Europe (PESI, 2018).


Because of an unhappy conflict in the nomenclature, this species was long known as C. assimilis. Now that name is applied to another species that is equally common and noxious, but has a completely different biology.


Important pest in the canola oil production


Colonnelli (1990a), Delbol (2008a, 2013a), Fusu (2017a), Hoebeke & Griffin (2015a), Hussain, Mittapelly, Blake ao (2023a), Kovács, Kaasik, Kaart, ao (2017a), Muller, Dosdall, Mason & Kuhlmann (2011a), Todorov, Ljubomirov & Peneva 2022a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2010a), Yunakov, Nazarenko, Filimonov & Volovnik (2018a).

Last modified 20.xi.2023