Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Tephritis vespertina

Tephritis vespertina (Löw, 1844)

on Hypochaeris, etc.

Tephritis vespertina: galled flower of Hypochaeris radicata

Hypochaeris radicata, Denmark © Simon Haarder: “galled” flower head

Tephritis vespertina: larva, puparium

larva and two puparia

Tephritis vespertina: imago

reared adult

Tephritis vespertina: galls on Hypochaeris radicata

Hypochaeris radicata, Bergen NH, Uilenvanger; identification confirmed by breeding


The capitula contain a white larva or (the remnants of) a black puparium.


Asteraceae, oligophagous

Helminthotheca echioides; Hypochaeris radicata.


According to Smit two more species of Tephritidae have been reared from cat’s ear. Identification on the gall alone therefore probably is not reliable.


Baugnée (2006a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Ebejer (2015a), Korneev (2016c), Kütük (2006a), Neuenschwander & Freidberg (1983a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Smit (2010a), Spooner & Bowdrey (2012a), White (1988a).

Last modified 16.x.2020