Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Terellia tussilaginis

Terellia tussilaginis (Fabricius, 1775)

on Arctium

Terellia tussilaginis female

Haarlemmermeer, 25.vii.2018 © Laurens van der Linde: female


the larva develops in a hardly modified achene. Its presence is recognisable by a tiny hole near the upper end, and a much larger hole near the base. The larva is solitary and pupates within the achene.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Arctium lappa, minus, nemorosum, tomentosum; Cirsium arvense, vulgare.

Only rarely on Cirsium. The reference to Centaurea jacea by Tóth is less probable.


Cerajocera, Orellia, Trypeta, tussilaginis.


Baugnée (2006a), Dauphin & Aniotbehere (1997a), Korneyev (2011a), Korneyev & Konovalov (2010a), Kütük, Yaran, Torbali, ao (2019a), Lutovinovas (2014a), Merz & Kofler (2008a), Mohamadzade Namin (2011a), Morris (2021a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Smit (2010a), Spooner & Bowdrey (2012a), Tóth (1969a), White (1988a).

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