Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Macrolabis stellariae

Macrolabis stellariae (Liebel, 1889)

on Stellaria

Macrolabis stellariae: gall on Stellaria media

Stellaria media, Italy, Molise, prov. Isernia, Pesche © Sébastien Carbonnelle

Macrolabis stellariae: larva



The topmost pair of leaves is unstalked, somewhat smaller, and thickened; the two are adpressed like a pair of shells. In the pouch that is thus formed some, initially white, later lemon yellow larvae. Pupation in the ground.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, narrowly oligophagous

Myosoton aquaticum, Stellaria holostea, media.


Cecidomyia stellariae.


Bruun (2015a), Buhr (1965a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Docters van Leeuwen (1936a), Gagné (2010a), Houard (1908a), Kieffer (1891a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Roskam (2009a), Roskam & Carbonnelle (2015a), Simova-Tošić, Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1996a, 2000a), Skuhravá & Skuhravý (1988a, 1992b, 1994b, 1997a, 1999a,b, 2006a, 2010a, 2021a: 172), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dauphin & Coutin (2005a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Dončev & Dimitrova (1991a, 1992a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Jørgensen (2006a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Meyer (2014a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý & Neacsu (1972a), Skuhravá, Skuhravý, Skrzypczyńska & Szadziewski (2008a).

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