Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Metzneria paucipunctella

Metzneria paucipunctella (Zeller, 1839)

knapweed seedhead moth

on Centaurea

parasite

The larvae live in the flower heads, feeding on the developing fruits.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Centaurea debeauxii, diffusa, stoebe.

phenology

The larvae hibernate in the heads, pupate there in the following spring

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).

larva

Stout, body white, head black.

notes

The larvae actively predate on gall-forming Urophora larvae, that may occur in the same heads.

references

Kasy (1987a).

Last modified 23.vii.2019