Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Metzneria metzneriella

Metzneria metzneriella (Stainton, 1851)

meadow neb

on Centaurea, Cyanus, Serratula


From September till November the larva lives in the flower head, feeding on the developing achens. It then hibernates in a light brown cocoon, spun at the base of the flower head. No gall induction seems to take place.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Centaurea jacea, nigra, phrygia, scabiosa; Cyanus montanus; Serratula tinctoria.


Bland, Emmet, Heckford & Rutten (2002a), Buhr (1964a), Gielis, Huisman, Kuchlein ao (1985a), Kaitila 1996a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Requena (2009a), Szőcs (1977a), Wegner, Kayser & van Loh (2007a), Wullaert (2015a).

Last modified 26.i.2020