Elachista dimicatella Rebel, 1903

Lepidoptera, Elachistidae

mine

The mine begins a few mm below the leaf tip, and descends down to the ligula. In quite broad leaves only half of the width is used, but in narrower leaves the complete blade is mined, except for a few stripes here or there along the leaf margin. Frass in parallel strands. Pupation outside the mine.

hostplants

Poaceae, oligophagous

Alopecurus pratensis; Anthoxanthum odoratum; Calamagrostis arundinacea, villosa; Dactylis glomerata; Deschampsia cespitosa; Holcus mollis; Milium effusum; Phleum alpinum; Poa alpina, chaixii; Sesleria caerulea, sadlerana subsp. tatrae.

Preference for Deschampsia cespitosa and Sesleriasadlerana (Buszko & Baraniak, 1989b).

phenology

Larvae found in end June, early July (Steuer, 1976a, Tatra).

BENELUX

Not known from the Benelux countries

distribution within Europe

From Germany and Poland to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

larva

Body contents yellow, integument colourless. Head, prothorax and anal shield very weakly sclerotised. Prothorax with two indistinct triangular plates, prosternum with an elongate sclerite, narrowed in the middle and weakly bifid anteriorly (Steuer, 1976a).

notes

Mountain species.

references

Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Buszko & Baraniak (1989b), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), Steurer (1976a, 1978a), Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen (1977a).

10/02/2017

mod 28.vi.2017