Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Pseudorchestes persimilis

Pseudorchestes persimilis (Reitter, 1911)


The mine begins as a few short corridors in the leaf tip, running from the midrib to the leaf margin. There they coalesce into a blotch. The centre of the mine is somewhat inflated and coloured black by a strong accumulation of frass. Pupation in the mine, in a globular cocoon made out of secretion. The cocoon is situated in the frass-filled centre of the mine.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Centaurea nigra; Dittrichia graveolens, viscosa; Pulicaria dysenterica, vulgaris.


Larvae in April-May (Scherf, 1964a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2011).

distribution within Europe

From France to Slovakia; Iberian Peninsula, Italy (Fauna Europaea, 2007).


Rhynchaenus persimilis


The French subspecies P. persimilis gallicus (Dieckmann, 1959) lives on Dittrichia graveolens (Hering, 1957a).


Benedikt, Borovec, Fremuth ao (2010a), Caillol (1954a), Hering (1936b, 1957a), Morris (1993a), PĂ©ricart (1960a), Scherf (1964a), Yunakov, Nazarenko, Filimonov & Volovnik (2018a).

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