Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Metzneria littorella

Metzneria littorella (Douglas, 1850)

on plantain


The larvae live in the inflorescence, feeding on the developing fruits.

host plants

Plantaginaceae, narrowly monophagous

Plantago coronopus.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


The larvae of Metzneria species generally feed on Asteraceae; plantain is a very unusual host plant.


Bland, Corley, Emmet ao (2002a), Corley, Rosete, Gonçalves ao (2018a), Requena (2009a).

Last modified 2.ii.2020