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).

mod 8.ii.2020