Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Aphanisticus elongatus

Aphanisticus elongatus Villa & Villa, 1835

on Carex, Schoenus


Oviposition usually on the leaf sheath, rarely on the limb. Oviposition site covered by an elongated, shining drop of dried secretion. From there a narrow, winding corridor of 12-50 cm long descends, turning upwards briefly to end in a pupal chamber. Corridor for most of its length fairly deep in the plant tissue (Rennwald & Rennwald, 2002a; Niehuis, 2004a).

host plants

Cyperaceae, oligophagous

Carex (Vignea) cuprina, divulsa, muricata; Schoenus nigricans.


Larvae in April-May and July-August (Hering, 1957a)


BE (Rennwald & Rennwald, 2002a; Niehuis, 2004a).

NE Not recorded (Vorst, 2009a) despite statements to the contrary by Rennwald & Rennwald (2002a), Niehuis (2004a) and Fauna Europaea (2010).

LUX (Rennwald & Rennwald, 2002a; Niehuis, 2004a).

distribution within Europe

UK, South, Central and East Europe


Oviposition on those parts of the stem that are exposed to the sun (Bilý, 2002a).


Bilý (2002a), Cobos (1986a), Hering (1957a), Niehuis (2004a), Rennwald & Rennwald (2002a), Sánchez Sobrino & Tolosa Sánchez (2005a), Schaefer (1949a), Théry (1942a), Ugarte San Vicente (2005a), Ugarte san Vicente, Zabalegui & Salgueira Cerezo (2006a), Verdugo Paez (1997a).

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