Hadroplontus trimaculatus (Fabricius, 1775)

on thistles


The biology of the larvae is far from clear. Dieckmann supposed that the larvae would live in the root collar. But Boldt & Campobasso found groups of larvae in vegetative buds (“crowns and buds”), while Sheppard write about “damage to roots and meristems”. Pupation almost certainly in the soil.

host plants

Asteraceae-Cardueae, oligophagous

Carduus crispus, nutans; Cirsium; Echinops sphaerocephalus; Galactites; Onopordum; Silybum marianum.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Ceutorhynchidius, Ceutorhynchus, trimaculatus.


Behne (1981a), Boldt & Campobasso (1981a), Delbol (2013a), Dieckman (1972a), G├╝ltekin (2004a, 2014a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2014a), Sheppard, Aeschlimann, Sagliocco & Vitou (1995a).

mod 7.vi.2019