Merrifieldia malacodactylus (Zeller, 1847)

on Lamiaceae

parasite

Larvae free on the plants.

host plants

Lamiaceae, oligophagous

Clinopodium nepeta; Lavandula angustifolia, latifolia, stoechas; Mentha pulegium; Nepeta nepetella; Origanum vulgare; Rosmarinus officinalis; Thymus herba-barona, Thymus vulgaris.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).

larva, pupa

See Nel (1996a).

synonyms

Merrifieldia malacodactyla.

notes

French autorors distinguish several species, associated with specific host plants, that have been synonymised with malacodactylus by Gielis. They are:Merrifieldia garrigae Bigot & Picard, 1989 on Rosmarinus; M. inopinata Bigot, Nel & Picard, 1993 on Thymus spp; M. malacodactylus s.str. on Clinopodium; M. moulignieri Nel, 1991 on Thymus herba-barona (endemic of Corsica & Sardinia); M. spicidactyla (Chrétien, 1923) on Lavandula spp.

references

Baldizzone & Scalercio (2018a); Bella (2007a), Bigot, Luquet, Nel & Picard (1990a), Gielis (199a), Nel (1991e, 1996a).

mod 8.ii.2020