Metallus albipes (Cameron, 1875)
Rubus idaeus, southern England; © Rob Edmunds
Rubus idaeus, Belgium, prov. West Flanders, Torhout, Wijnendalebos © Carina Van Steenwinkel
detail of the larva
Large, almost full depth blotch with scattered frass. The mine is identical to that of M. pumilus, but the larva is different.
Rosaceae, narrowly monophagous
]Haarder & Liston found occupied mines in Denmark also on Rubus saxatilis, spectabilis.
BE not recorded (PESI, 2016), but see pictures above.
NE recorded (Romeijn, 1993a); very rare.
LUX not recorded (PESI, 2016).
distribution within Europe
From Sweden and Finland to Italy and Hungary and from Britain to Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2008).
Preference for young plants, with stems that are not yet woody, growing in deep shade (Altenhofer & Pschorn-Walcher).
Altenhofer (2003a), Altenhofer, Hellrigl & Mörl (2001a), Altenhofer & Pschorn-Walcher (2003a), Beneš & Holuša (2015a), Blank ao (1998a), Haarder & Liston (2018a), Heibo, Lønnve, Barstad ao (2014a), Hering (1957a), Liston (1995b), Pschorn-Walcher & Altenhofer (2000a, 2006a), Robbins (1991a), Romeijn (1993a), Savina, Chevin & Liston (2014a), Taeger, Blank & Liston (2006a), Taeger ao (1998a), Viramo (1969a), Zombori (1978a).