Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Metcalfa pruinosa

Metcalfa pruinosa (Say, 1830)

citrus flatid planthopper

mainly on woody plants

Metcalfa pruinosa: imago

adult © Didier Descouens, 16.viii.2013, Wikimedia Commons

Metcalfa pruinosa on Acer campestre

Acer campestre, Hungary, Budapest, 14.vii.2014 © László Érsek

Metcalfa pruinosa on Acer campestre

the larvae are wrapped in wax-wool

Metcalfa pruinosa on Acer campestre

adult

Metcalfa pruinosa larva

larva, dorsal view

Metcalfa pruinosa larva

detail

Metcalfa pruinosa on Aesculus hippocastanum

Aesculus hippocastanum, Hungary, Budapest, 26.vii.2016 © László Érsek

Metcalfa pruinosa on Rhamnus cathartica

Rhamnus cathartica, Hungary, Budapest, 6.vii.2015 © László Érsek

Metcalfa pruinosa larvae

larvae, lateral view

Metcalfa pruinosa on Robinia pseudoacacia

Robinia pseudoacacia, Hungary, Budapest, 1.vii.2015 © László Érsek

Metcalfa pruinosa on Urtica dioica

Urtica dioica, Hungary, Budapest, 21.vii.2016 © László Érsek

Metcalfa pruinosa on Urtica dioica

larvae sometimes also at the undersides of the leaves

parasite

Larvae and adults free on the branches. Strong honey-dew production. Oviposition in the bark.

host plants

polyphagous

Acer campestre, platanoides, saccharinum; Aesculus x carnea, hippocastanum; Albizia julibrissin; Amaranthus retroflexus; Atriplex hortensis; Buxus sempervirens; Catalpa bignonioides; Chenopodium album; Citrus; Cycas revoluta; Dasiphora fruticosa; Euonymus japonicus; Hibiscus rosa-sinensis; Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, syriacus; Juglans nigra, regia; Juniperus communis; Ligustrum vulgare; Lilium; Melissa officinalis; Olea; Parthenocissus inserta; Philadelphus coronarius;Rhamnus cathartica; Robinia pseudoacacia; Rosa; Rubus; Sambucus nigra; Sorbus aucuparia; Thuja occidentalis; Urtica dioica; Vitis vinifera.

See Boszik for a much longer list.

phenology

Univoltine; hi bernation as egg.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).

parasitoids, predators

Cheiloneurus boldyrevi.

notes

North American species, since the late 1970s from Italy fanned out over southern Europe.

references

Anagnou–Veroniki, Papaioannou–Souliotis, Karanastasi & Giannopolitis (2008a, Arzone, Vidano & Alma (1987a), Bozsik (2015a), Braggion (2013a), Çerçi̇, Karataş & Karataş (2021a), Gjonov & Shishiniova (2014a), Gogan, Grozea & Virteiu (2010a), Grozea, Gogan, Virteiu, ao (2011a), Holzinger & Kunz (2006a), Lauterer (2002a), Milevoj (2004a), Roques, Cleary, Matsiakh & Eschem (2017a), Mühlethaler, Holzinger, Nickel & Wachmann (2018a), d’Urso, Sánchez & Bella (2019a).

Last modified 5.vii.2022