Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Urophora mauritanica

Urophora mauritanica Macquart, 1851

on Carthamus


The larvae develop in lignified, multilocular galls in the flower heads.


Asteraceae, monophagous

Carthamus arborescens, glaucus, lanatus, tenuis.

Not in Carthamus tinctorius. The statement by Houard and Buhr that “Euribia macrura” would live primarily on Onopordum, and occasionally on Centaurea calcitrapa is not confirmed by later sources.


Urophora algira Macquart, 1843; Euribia, Urophora, macrura Löw, 1855.


Buhr (1964b), Ebejer (2015a), Houard (1909a), Khaghaninia, Gharajedaghi, Zarghani & Pour Abad (2012a), White & Korneyev (1998a).

Last modified 26.vii.2018