Homoeosoma nebulella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

european sunflower moth

on Asteraceae

parasite

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; Onopordum acanthium; Silybum marianum; Tanacetum vulgare.

phenology

Two generations.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).

synonyms

Homoeosoma nebulellum.

notes

A pest in sunflower cultivation.

references

Huisman & Koster (1997a), Szabó, Szabó, Varga ao (2009a), Szabó, Tóth & Vágvölgyi (2007a), Zwoelfer (1971a).

mod 23.viii.2019