Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Acanthiophilus helianthi

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).

Last modified 21.viii.2019