Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cheilosia proxima

Cheilosia proxima (Zetterstedt, 1843)

common thistle-cheilosia

on thistles


The larvae bore spiralled gallery in the roots; according to Rotheray the final instar lives freely among the mass of lateral roots; Pupation in the soil.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Cirsium oleraceum, palustre, spinosissinum.

Müller mentions the species from Centaurea spp. That is unlikely.


Hibernation as puparium.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


See Rotheray.


Müller (1989a), Reemer, Renema, van Steenis ao (2009a), Rotheray (1988b), Speight (2017a), Stuke, Malec & Kehlmaier (2004a).

Last modified 7.iv.2021