Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Larinus minutus

Larinus minutus Gyllenhal, 1835

on Centaurea


the larvae feed on the developing achenes, and pupate in the partly eaten receptacle. Galling does not seem to take place.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Centaurea diffusa, stoebe.


Employed in the United States in the biological control of Centaurea stoebe, spotted knapweed.


Alford, Kring & Raghu (2016a), Avgın & Colonnelli (2011a), Cunev (2013a), Gültekin & Anderson (2017a), Hoebeke & Spichiger (2016a), Kashefi & Sobhian (2009a), Lang, Hansen, Richard & Ziolkowski (2000a), Yunakov, Nazarenko, Filimonov & Volovnik (2018a).

Last modified 2.x.2020