Metzneria metzneriella (Stainton, 1851)

meadow neb

on Centaurea


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.


Asteraceae, oligophagous

Centaurea nigra; Serratula tinctoria.


Bland, Emmet, Heckford & Rutten (2002a), Buhr (1964a), Gielis, Huisman, Kuchlein ao (1985a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Szőcs (1977a), Wullaert (2015a).

mod 11.ix.2018