Acanthiophilus helianthi (Rossi, 1794)

capsule fly

on Asteraceae, Cardueae


One or more larvae feed on the developing achenes causing some malformation of the flower head. Pupation within the flower head; the puparium is shining black.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Carlina vulgaris; Carthamus tinctorius; Centaurea jacea, nigra, paniculata; Cirsium vulgare; Onopordum acanthium, illyricum; Silybum marianum; Volutaria lippii.

Preference for Centaurea.


Tephritis, Trypeta, Urellia, eluta Meigen, 1826.


a pest in the safflower industry.


Baugnée (2006a), Buhr (1964b), Ebejer (2015a), Handlirsch (1882a), Houard (1909a), Merz & Kofler (2008a), Snit (2010a), Spooner & Bowdrey (2012a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Tavares (1905a), Tóth (1969a), White (1988a).

mod 21.viii.2019