Botanophila seneciella (Meade, 1892)

on Jacobaea

Botanophila seneciella

Jacobaea vulgaris, Belgium, prov. Limburg, Bree, de Luysen © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Botanophila seneciella larva

larva in opened capitulum

Botanophila seneciella, galling capitula of Jacobaea vulgaris

Jacobaea vulgaris, England, Vice County: Berks VC22 © Malcolm Storey, BioImages


the larve feeds on the developing achenes in the capitulum, all the while producing a cone of froth on top of the, slightly swollen, capitulum. Larva solitary.


Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Jacobaea aquatica, incana subsp. carniolica, vulgaris; Senecio ovatus; Tephroseris crispa.

larva, puparium

all stages are described and illustrated by Dušek:

Botanophila seneciella: 3rd instar cephlalic skeletons

three examples of the cephalic skeleton of a 3rd instar larva

Botanophila seneciella: puparium



Phorbia seneciella.


Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Dušek (1970a), Houard (1909a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Spooner & Bowdrey (2012a).

mod 19.ix.2018