Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Urophora jaceana

Urophora jaceana (Hering, 1935)

on Centaurea

Urophora jaceana: galled receptacle of Centaurea jacea

Centaurea jacea, Belgium, prov. East Flanders, Overboelare, Geraardsbergen, 26.ix.2015 @ Bart Uitterhaegen: vertically enlarged receptacle with three opened gall chambers

Urophora jaceana: larva in gall chamber

larva, head downwards, in the gall chamber


one or more larvae (maggots) live, each in its own vertical cell, in the upwards thickened and lignified receptacle; here also the pupation takes place. Because the gall acts as a nutrient sink, the plant’s vitality is reduced.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly monophagous

Centaurea calcitrapa, hanrii subsp. spinabadia, iberica, jacea, nigra, phrygia, solstitialis.


Euribia jaceana.


The gall can be found by pinching the old flower heads in autumn.


Baugnée (2006a), Béguinot (2001c), Buhr (1964b), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Flügel (2016a), Khaghaninia & Gharajedaghi (2012a), Khaghaninia, Gharajedaghi, Zarghani & Pour Abad (2012a), Klasa & Palaczyk (2020a), Korneyev (2011a), Kütük (2008b), Kütük, Yaran, Torbali, ao (2019a), Lutovinovas (2014a), Máca (2012a), Morris (2021a), Neuenschwander & Freidberg (1983a), Niblett (1940a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Sakaltaş Ariyak & Tüzün (2014a), Smnit (2010a), Spooner & Bowdrey (2012a), White (1988a), White & Korneyev (1998a).

Last modified 25.v.2024