Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Mantura obtusata

Mantura obtusata (Gyllenhal, 1813)


Full depth gallery, widening into a blotch. Frass in black threads. Larvae able to leave the mine and restart elsewhere. Pupation outside the mine. Neither the mine nor the larva can be used to separate this species from M. chrysanthemi, but obtusata has a preference for damper situations. Beetles metallic blue.

host plants

Polygonaceae, monophagous

Rumex acetosa, acetosella.


Larvae in April-May and July (Hering, 1957a); one generation, hibernation as adult (Cox, 2007a).


BE observed (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

NE observed Beenen & Winkelman, 1993a; Fauna Europaea, 2007).

LUX not observed (Fauna Europaea, 2007).

distribution within Europe

From France, Italy and the Balkan Peninsula to Norway and Russia; also in the UK (Cox, 2007a; Fauna Europaea, 2007).


Steinhausen (1994a).


See Steinhausen (2002a).


Wanntorp has demonstrated that “Mantura obtusata” in publications from North and Central Europe should be renamed into M. pallidicornis Waltl, 1839.

parasitoids, predators

Necremnus leucarthros.


Doguet (1994a) calls M. obtusata a species of mountainous zones.


Baviera & Biondi (2015a), Beenen & Winkelman (1993a), Bouček (1959a), Buhr (1933a), Bukejs (2009a), Cox (2007a), Doguet (1994a), Hering (1920a, 1924b, 1930a, 1957a), Ouda, Čížek & Boža (2013a), Rheinheimer & Hassler (2018a), Robbins (1991a), Steinhausen (1994a, 2002a), Wanntorp (2008a).

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