Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Phalonidia affinitana

Phalonidia affinitana (Douglas, 1846)

large saltmarsh conch

on sea aster


Oviposition on a flower head. The young larva for a short time lives within the head, then descends as a borer in the stem, sometimes as far as into the root.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Tripolium pannonicum subsp. tripolium (“Aster tripolium”).

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Body whitish, shortly before pupation somewhat reddish; head brown; see Swatschek.


See Patočka & Turčáni.


Conchylis affinitana.


Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1973a), Disqué (1905a), Gerstberger (2003a), Hancock & Bland (2015a), Hering (1928a), Jansen & Asselbergs (1993a), Kasy (1959a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Rickert (2010a, 2011a), Sønderup (1949a), Swatschek (1958a), Szőcs (1977a), Trematerra, Sciarretta & Parenzan (1997a), Wegner (2010a).

Last modified 25.ii.2023