Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Pelochrista caecimaculana

Pelochrista caecimaculana (Hübner, 1799)

chalk-hill bell

on Centaurea

parasite

The larva bores in the thicker roots; there also the pupation.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Centaurea jacea, nigra, stoebe.

References to Serratula; Artemisia; Cirsium; Epilobium are increasingly unlikely.

phenology

Univoltine; hibernation as larva.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).

larva

Body yellowish white; head ochraceous yellow to light brown; prothoracic and anal plates yellow (Swatschek).

pupa

See Patočka & Turčáni.

synonyms

Epiblema, Pseudocosma, caecimaculana.

references

Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1979a), Disqué (1905a), Hancock & Bland (2015b), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Schütze (1931a), Šumpich (2011a), Swatschek (1958a), Vávra (2016a).

Last modified 28.i.2021