Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Homoeosoma nebulella

Homoeosoma nebulella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

european sunflower moth

on Asteraceae


The larvae develop in the flower heads, feeding on the ripening fruits and the involucre. Larvae of other species that happen to live in the same head are eaten as well.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Carduus acanthoides, nutans; Carthamus lanatus, tinctorius; Cirsium arvense, canum, vulgare; Helianthus annuus; Jacobaea vulgaris; Leucanthemum vulgare; Onopordum acanthium; Silybum marianum; Tanacetum vulgare.


Two generations.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Homoeosoma nebulellum.


A pest in sunflower cultivation.


Huisman & Koster (1995a, 1997a), Lepiforum (2024), Muus (2019a), Roesler (1966a), Szabó, Szabó, Varga ao (2009a), Szabó, Tóth & Vágvölgyi (2007a), Zwoelfer (1971a).

Last modified 19.iii.2024