Ptocheuusa paupella (Zeller, 1847)

light fleabane neb

on (Centaurea), Limbarda, Pulicaria

Ptocheuusa paupella: feeding trace on Pulicaria dysenterica

Pulicaria dysenterica, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Boom en Rumst, Kleiputten Terhagen 8.viii.2018 © Ruben Meert

Ptocheuusa paupella: larva on Pulicaria dysenterica

larva in opened flower head


The larvae feed on the achenes in the flower heads; in common fleabane their presence is betrayed by browned florets protruding from the flower head<./p>

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Limbarda crithmoides; Pulicaria dysenterica.

Exceptionally Centaurea nigra.


Two generations; larvae in end June-early August and September-October.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


See Bland ao.


Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a).

mod 28.ix.2018