Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Atheroides hirtellus

Atheroides hirtellus Haliday, 1838

on Poaceae

Atheroides hirtellus (from Wieczorek, 2009)

upperside (left) and underside (from Wieczorek, 2009)


Apterae 2-3 mm, long-oval with very short legs and antennae, dorsally dark brown to black, ventrally yellowish. No host plant alternation. The live in small colonies in lengthwise rolled leaves, the tips of the leaves often coloured red.


Poaceae, oligophagous

Alopecurus pratensis; Ammophila arenaria; Andropogon; Arrhenatherum elatius; Deschampsia cespitosa; Leymus arenarius.

References to Juncus articulatus probably are inaccurate.


Blackman & Eastop (2017), Heie (1982a), Lampel & Meier (2003), Nieto Nafría & Mier Durante (1998a), Stroyan (1977a), Wieczorek (2009a, 2010a).

Last modified 21.i.2018