Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Nemophora metallica

Nemophora metallica (Poda, 1761)

brassy long-horn

on Knautia, Scabiosa

Nemophora metallica imago

Greece, Lefkas, Katouna, v.2024 © Laurens van der Linde


The young larvae live in the flower heads; later they live in a case as detritus-feeders in the litter.

host plants

Caprifoliaceae, oligophagous

Knautia arvensis; Scabiosa columbaria.


The free-living larva lives for one or two years, and pupates after the winter.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Nemophora scabiosella (Scopoli, 1763).


Baldizzone (2004a), Heath & Pelham-Clinton (1983a(, Kurz (2016a), van Nieukerken (1993a), Schmid (2019a), Tourlan (2013a).

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