Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Metzneria aestivella

Metzneria aestivella (Zeller, 1839)

carline neb

on Carlina, ? Tanacetum


The larvae live in the flower heeds, feeding on the developing fruits; the flower heads may become disfigured. The larva hibernates in a cocoon in the receptacle.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Carlina acaulis & subsp. caulescens, vulgaris.

Baldizzone & Scalercio, Requena, also cite Tanacetum corymbosum.


Metzneria aestivella larva

larva (from Mellini, 1951a)


Metzneria carlinella Stainton, 1851; Metzneria expositi Vives, 2001.


Baldizzone & Scalercio (2018a), Bland, Emmet, Heckford & Rutten (2002a), Buhr (1964a), Huemer & Karsholt (2020a), Huisman, Koster, Muus & van Nieukerken (2013a), Kaitila 1996a), Kasy (1987a), Mellini (1951a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), Patocka (1997a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Requena (2009a), Wegner, Kayser & van Loh (2007a)

Last modified 26.iii.2021