Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Schedonorus arundinaceus

tall fescue

synonym: Festuca arundinacea, elatior subsp. arundinacea

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
leaf leaf spot Spermospora ciliata
leaf leaf spot Spermospora lolii
leaf vagrant Miridae Amblytylus nasutus
leaf vagrant Noctuidae Xestia xanthographa
leaf vagrant Noctuidae Leucania comma
stem borer Noctuidae Mesoligia furuncula
systemic Hypocreales Epichlo├ź coenophiala
stem borer Anthomyzidae Anthomyza gracilis
stem borer Anthomyzidae Stiphrosoma sabulosum
stem borer Anthomyzidae Stiphrosoma laetum
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Athysanus argentarius
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Conosanus obsoletus
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Arthaldeus striifrons
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Zyginidia scutellaris
leaf vagrant Delphacidae Delphacodes venosus
leaf vagrant Delphacidae Dicranotropis hamata
leaf vagrant Delphacidae Ribautodelphax imitans
flower hidden Thripidae Chirothrips manicatus
flower hidden Thripidae Limothrips cerealium
stem borer Chloropidae Microcercis trigonella
stem vagrant Tenthredinidae Euura clitellata
stem scale Pseudococcidae Heterococcus nudus
leaf vagrant Eriophyidae Aculodes festucae
leaf vagrant Eriophyidae Aceria erecti
leaf vagrant Eriophyidae Aculodes mckenziei
leaf stripe Ustilaginales Ustilago loliicola
flower borer Glyphipterigidae Glyphipterix simpliciella
leaf vagrant Eriophyidae Aceria tosichella
root vagrant summer generation Aphididae Paracletus cimiciformis
fruit gall Hypocreales Claviceps purpurea
flower borer Cecidomyiidae Contarinia festucae
flower borer Cecidomyiidae Dasineura festucae
flower gall Eriophyidae Aceria cornuta
leaf miner>borer Noctuidae Photedes morrisii
leaf down Erysiphales Erysiphaceae Blumeria graminis
leaf gall Eriophyidae Abacarus hystrix
leaf gall Eriophyidae Aceria tenuis
leaf miner Agromyzidae Cerodontha incisa
leaf miner Cosmopterigidae Cosmopterix orichalcea
leaf miner Elachistidae Elachista bisulcella
leaf miner Elachistidae Elachista freyerella
leaf miner Elachistidae Elachista rufocinerea
leaf miner Elachistidae Elachista stabilella
leaf pustule Cantharellales Ceratorhiza rhizodes
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Puccinia coronata
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Puccinia graminis
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Puccinia poae-nemoralis
leaf pustule uredinia telia Pucciniales Uromyces festucae
leaf stripe Microbotryales Ustilentyloma brefeldii
leaf stripe Urocystidales Urocystis ulei
stem gall Chloropidae Oscinella frit
stem gall Chloropidae Oscinella festucae
stem gall Chloropidae Oscinella nitidissima
leaf vagrant Aphididae Sipha elegans
leaf vagrant Aphididae Sipha maydis


the part of the plant that most conspicuously is hit by the parasite

all buds: both flower buds and leaf buds
flower: also inflorescence
leaf: also needle, phyllodium, petiole
leaf bud: also unfolding young leaf
fruit: also seed
root: also root stock, runners
root collar: also the lowest part of the stem
stem: also culm, the lower part of the peduncle, in grasses also leaf sheath
systemic: the entire above-ground plant.


borer: larva living internally, almost no outwards signs
down: 0.5-2 mm high fungal down
film: very thin cover of fungal tussue
gall: swelling and/or malformation
grazer: feeding at the outside of the plant
leaf spot: discoloured, often ┬▒ necrotic, generally not galled, sign of a fungus infection
miner-borer: larve initially makes a mine, lives as a borer later
pustule: plug of fungal tissue, generally brown-black and < 2 mm
stripe: longitudinal line of fungal tissue in a grass leaf
vagrant: (aphids, mites) living freely on the plant, at higher densitiy causing malformations.


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The host plant spectre of a parasite is rarely known exhaustively; this applies in particular at the species level. It is advisable therefore to check at least also the list of all parasites of this genus.


Last modified 13.viii.2022