Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aethes cnicana

Aethes cnicana (Westwood, 1854)

thistle conch

on thistles

parasite

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; Cirsium oleraceum, palustre, vulgare.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).

larva

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

pupa

See Patočka & Turčáni.

synonyms

Conchylis cnicana.

references

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

Last modified 4.xi.2019