Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Nasonovia compositellae

Nasonovia compositellae Theobald, 1924

black-backed daisy aphid

on Hieracium, Pilosella

Nasonovia compositaellae: aptera on Pilosella officinarum

Pilosella officinarum, UK © Bob Dransfield & Bob Brightwell, InfluentialPoints


The leaves are irregularly rolled in upwards. The aphids are dorsally shining black.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Hieracium; Pilosella officinarum.


The species is divided in three geographical subspecies: compositellae (NW Europe), iberica (Iberian Peninsula), and nigra (rest of Europe), all three living on Hieracium s.l.


Blackman & Eastop (2014), Dransfield & Brightwell (2015a), Heie (1994a), Osiadacz & Wojciechowski (2008a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Tambs-Lyche (1970a).

Last modified 23.xii.2018