Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Urophora affinis

Urophora affinis (Frauenfeld, 1857)

on Centaurea


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


Asteraceae, narrowly monophagous

Centaurea arenaria, cariensis, diffusa, paniculata, pinetorum, spinosa, stoebe, virgata.

Exclusively on species of the subgenus Centaurea (Acrolophus).


Euribia affinis.


applied in the United States in the biological control of the host plant.


Buhr (1964b), Klasa, Kaczorowska & SoszyƄski (2011a), Lang, Hansen, Richard & Ziolkowski (2000a), Shorthouse (1989a), White & Korneyev (1998a).

Last modified 30.viii.2018