Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Hellinsia carphodactyla

Hellinsia carphodactyla (Hübner, 1813)

citron plume

on Buphthalmum, Carlina, Inula

Hellinsia carphodactyla: feeding trace on Inula conyzae

Inula conyzae, Belgium, prov.Namur, Viroinval, Nismes, 24.vii.2018 © Ruben Meert

Hellinsia carphodactyla: larva


Hellinsia carphodactyla: pupa on Inula conyzae

pupa, head upwards protruding from the flower head


The young larvae of the first generation briefly mine a young leaf in early spring, next live as stem borers; around May they pupate inside the stem. The larvae of the second generation appear in August, feeding in the flower heads on the developing achenes. Their presence is betrayed by the pappus of a few flowers protrudes above the flower head. This second generation pupates in the flower heads; there is no cocoon.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Buphthalmum salicifolium; Carlina vulgaris; Inula bifrons, conyzae, hirta, montana.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


Oidaematophorus, Leiptilus, carphodactylus.


Beirne (1954a), Bella (2007a), Bigot, Luquet, Nel & Picard (1990a), Corley, Marabuto & Pires (2007a), Gielis (1996a), Hart (2011a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2001a), Nel (1996a), Sutter (1991a), Vávra (2016a).

Last modified 28.i.2021