Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Metallus albipes

Metallus albipes (Cameron, 1875)

Metallus albipes mine

Rubus idaeus, southern England; © Rob Edmunds

Metallus albipes:  mine on Rubus idaeus

Rubus idaeus, Belgium, prov. West Flanders, Torhout, Wijnendalebos © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Metallus albipes:  larva

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.

host plants

Rosaceae, narrowly monophagous

Rubus idaeus.

]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).

Last modified 9.iv.2020