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).

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), 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 21.i.2021