Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cochylis molliculana

Cochylis molliculana Zeller, 1847

ox-tongue conch

on Helminthotheca


Larvae in the flowers heads.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Helminthotheca echioides.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Two generations. The first generation pupates in a cocoon in the flower head; the second generation makes a cocoon among the litter and pupates after the hibernation.


Hancock & Bland (2015a), Huisman, Koster, Muus & van Nieukerken (2013a), De Prins (2013b).

Last modified 10.iv.2023