Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Elachista albifrontella

Elachista albifrontella (Hübner, 1817)

white-headed dwarf

Elachista albifrontella? mine

Elymus repens, Nieuwendam; identification with much reservation!

Elachista albifrontella? mine



Full depth blotch, slightly inflated, descending from the leaf tip, occupying half or the entire width of the blade The mine first ascends for about 12 cm, then descends the same length along the midrib. The larva may move and make a new mine elsewhere. In the latter case the mines are fairly short; otherwise an entire blade may be mined out. Frass in a narrow greyish brown central line. Pupation outside the mine.


Poaceae, Juncaceae; narrowly polyphgous

Agrostis canina; Alopecurus pratensis; Arrhenatherum elatius; Avena; Avenula pubescens; Brachypodium sylvaticum; Bromus; Calamagrostis arundinacea, epigeios; Dactylis glomerata; Deschampsia cespitosa; Elytrgia repens; Festuca rubra; Holcus lanatus, mollis; Koeleria macrantha; Luzula pilosa; Milium effusum; Phalaroides arundinacea; Phleum; Poa pratensis, trivialis; Trisetum; Triticum.


Larvae from September till May (Bland, 1996a; Traugott-Olsen & Schmidt-Nielsen, 1977a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia, Finland and northern Russia to the Pyrenees and Italiy, and from Ireland to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Baldizzone (2004a), Baran, Mazurkiewicz & Pałka (2007a), Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Bland (1996a), Buszko & Baraniak (1989b), Hering (1957a), Kaila, Mutanen, Saarela, Siloaho, Sippola & Tabell (2008a), Kaila, Nupponen, Junnilainen, Nupponen, Kaitila & Olschwang (2003a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Z Laštůvka, A Laštůvka, Liška, Marek, Skyva & Vávra (1992a), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sønderup (1949a), Sruoga & Ivinskis (2005a, 2011a), Szőcs (1977a), Traugott-Olsen & Schmidt-Nielsen (1977a), Wörz (1957a).


Last modified 12.ii.2018