Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Merrifieldia tridactyla

Merrifieldia tridactyla (Linnaeus, 1758)

western thyme plume

on Thymus, etc.

parasite

Larvae free on the flower buds, flowers and ripening fruits.

host plants

Lamiaceae, oligophagous

Clinopodium nepeta & subsp. glandulosum; Mentha longifolia, x rotundifolia; Thymus praecox & subsp. ligusticus, pulegioides & subsp. pannonicus, serpyllum, vulgaris.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).

larva, pop

Pictures on Lepiforum; see also Nel (1996a), Patočka & Turčáni.

synonyms

Merrifieldia icterodactyla (Mann, 1855); Pterophorus tridactylus; Merrifieldia neli Bigot & Picard, 1989.

references

Bigot, Luquet, Nel & Picard (1990a), Huertas Dionisio (2007a), Lepiforum (2020), Nel (1991e), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Schütze (1931a), Sutter (1991a).

Last modified 8.ii.2020