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

parasite

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

host plants

polyphagous

Acer 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; Philadelphus coronarius; Rosa; Rubus; Sambucus nigra; Sorbus aucuparia; Thuja occidentalis; Vitis vinifera.

See Boszik for a much longer list.

phenology

Univoltine; hi bernation as egg.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).

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), Gogan, Grozea & Virteiu (2010a), Grozea, Gogan, Virteiu, ao (2011a), Lauterer (2002a), Milevoj (2004a), Roques, Cleary, Matsiakh & Eschem (2017a).

Last modified 1.vi.2020