Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Tephritis vespertina

Tephritis vespertina (Löw, 1844)

on Hypochaeris

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.



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), Kormeev (2016c), Kütük (2006a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Smit (2010a), Spooner & Bowdrey (2012a), White (1988a).

Last modified 24.vii.2018