Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Metzneria aestivella

Metzneria aestivella (Zeller, 1839)

carline neb

on Carlina, etc.


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, oligophagous

Carlina acaulis & subsp. caulescens, “apicifolia”, vulgaris; Centaurea solstitialis.

Baldizzone ao also cite Tanacetum corymbosum.


Metzneria aestivella larva

larva (from Mellini, 1951a)


Metzneria aestivella dichroa Walsingham, 1908; M. carlinella Stainton, 1851; M. 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), Klimesch (1984a), Mellini (1951a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), Patocka (1997a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Requena (2009a), Wegner, Kayser & van Loh (2007a)

Last modified 2.iv.2023