Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ptocheuusa paupella

Ptocheuusa paupella (Zeller, 1847)

light fleabane neb

on Inula, ect.

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-Inuleae, narrowly oligophagous

Inula conyzae, montana; 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.


Baldizzone & Scalercio (2018a), Bella & Karsholt (2015a), Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Gielis Huisman, Kuchlein ao (1985a), Huisman & Koster (1994a), Huisman, Kuchlein, van Nieukerken ao (1986a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ellis (2009a), Liška ao (2018a), Pastorális, Kosorín, Tokár ao (2018a), Requena (2009a).

Last modified 9.ii.2020