Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Meconema thalassinum

Meconema thalassinum (DeGeer, 1773)

oak bush-cricket

on trees and shrubs

? Andricus curvator galls on Quercus robur

Quercus robur, Dronten © Arnold Grosscurt: old galls, perhaps of Andricus curvator.

? Andricus inflator gall with egg of Meconema thalassinum

opened gall, with egg . . .

Meconema thalassinum larva

. . . that produced this larva


Eggs are deposited in bark fissures, old galls of Biorhiza pallida (Leo Blommers, oral comm.), and as testified by the pictures above, in old bud galls. Houard suggests that the eggs also may be deposited in unfolding buds.

host plants

Mainly on

Quercus robur.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


Meconema varium (Fabricius, 1775).


Houard (1908a).

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