Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Afrogethes planiusculus

Afrogethes planiusculus (Heer, 1841)

paterson’s curse pollen beetle

on Echium


Oviposition ib the top of the inflorescence. The young larva enters a flower through the calyx and feeds on the anthers, pollen, ad ovary. The latest larval instar moves from flower to flower, feeding on the ovaries. Pupation in the soil.

host plants

Boraginaceae, monophagous

Echium italicum, plantagineum, vulgare.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).


Meligethes planiusculus .


Audisio, de Biase, Kirk-Spriggs, ao (2008a), Audisio, Jelínek, Mariotti & De Biase (2000a), Baviera & Audisio (2014a), Ericson (1999a), Holzer (2019a), López-Pérez, Pereira & Otero (2016a), Swirepik, Sheppard & Smyth (1996a), Szymczakowski (1973a).

Last modified 5.viii.2020