Orthezia urticae (Linnaeus, 1758)

nettle ensign scale

polyphagous on herbs

Orthezia urticae

adult female with beginning ovisac © Gabriel Seljak (from Malumphy ea, 2010a)


Fe male with four rows rows of bright white appendages that contrast sharply with the relatively long, brownish black legs and antennae. The female makes, attached to her abdomen a white, ribbed ovisac that ultimately is as long as her body.

host plants

Allium; Arenaria montana; Artemisia alba; Clematis vitalba; Erica; Euphorbia; Galium; Lavandula angustifolia; Linaria vulgaris; Melampyrum; Pilosella officinarum; Rubus caesius; Salicornia; Taraxacum; Teucrium chamaedrys; Thapsia villosa; Thymus membranaceus; Tolpis staticifolia; Urtica dioica.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


Gertsson (2016a), Gomez-Menor Ortega (1948a, 1957a, 1960a, 1965a), Hellrigl (2004a), Jansen (1999b), Köhler (2011a), Kozár, Guignard, Bachmann ao (1994a), Malumphy, Ostrauskas & Pye (2010a), Pérez Hidalgo, Mier Durante & Umaran (2015a), Schmutterer & Hoffmann (2003a), Seljak (2010a).

mod 24.xii.2018