Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Bangasternus orientalis

Bangasternus orientalis (Capiomont, 1873)

yellow starthistle bud weevil

on Centaurea


Oviposition in the neighbourhood of a flower bud; the egg is covered with a protective secretion. Via the receptacle the young larva penetrates the flower head and feeds on the developing fruits. Also the pupation takes place in the flower head.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly monophagous

Centaurea solstitialis.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Employed in North America in the biological control of yellow starthistle, Centaurea solstitialis.


Avgın & Colonnelli (2011a), Campobasso, Sobhian, Knutson & Terragitti (1998a), Dieckmann (1983a), Sobhian, Campobasso & Dunn (2009a).

Last modified 12.v.2020