Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aethes cnicana

Aethes cnicana (Westwood, 1854)

thistle conch

on thistles


The larva bores in the flower heads after flowering has ended, feeding on the fruits. Then it bores into a stem, awaiting the hibernation; there also the pupation.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Carduus defloratus, nutans; Cirsium oleraceum, palustre, vulgare.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Body brownish white; head light brown; prothoracic plate brownish, hind margin darker; anal plate without markings; see Schmid, Swatschek


See Patočka & Turčáni.


Conchylis cnicana.


Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1973a), Disqué (1905a), Fazekas (2008a), Hancock & Bland (2015a), Huisman (1987a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2004a), Kovács & Kovács (2006a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Pinzari, Pinzari & Zilli (2006a), Schmid (2019a), Swatschek (1958a).

Last modified 29.i.2023