Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cystiphora schmidti

Cystiphora schmidti (Rübsaamen, 1914)

on Chondrilla

Cystiphora schmidti on Chondrilla juncea

Chondrilla juncea, Portugal, Guarda, Côa Valley, vi.2021 © Sébastien Carbonelle


Reddish blisters on stems and leaves.Pupation in a silken cocoon, usually in the gall, sometimes in the soil. Hibernation as third instar larva. Depending on the climate 2-5 generations.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Chondrilla juncea.


Cystiphora schmidti: spatula

spatula with papillae (from Möhn, 1955a)


Laubertia schmidti.


Deployed in subtropical regions in the biological control of skeleton weed, a serious weed.


Buhr (1964a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Gagné (2010a), Lecheva & Stantcheva (2003a), Möhn (1955a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1997b, 1999a, 2002a, 2004a, 2008a, 2021a: 77), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Skrzypczyńska & Szadziewski (2008a), Wapshere & Cullen (1984a).

Last modified 6.iii.2024