Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Heterhelus scutellaris

Heterhelus scutellaris (Heer, 1841)

on Sambucus


The larva bores into a green berry, and develops inside the kernel. Infected berries are conspicuous because they redden prematurely. Pupation in the soil. The beetles feed on the leaves, but mainly on the flowers.

host plants

Adoxaceae, monophagous

Sambucus racemosa.


Univoltine; hibernation as imago.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).


Ottesen & Kvamme (1985a), de Oude (1999a), Schliesske (2002a), Schönherr (1963a).

Last modified 6.viii.2020