Elachista bisulcella (Duponchel, 1843)

yellow-tipped dwarf


Mine a descending and widening corridor, in the end an elongate blotch that may occupy the entire width of the leaf. The mine contracts somehat, narrowing the leaf. Frass in some elongate lumps in the centre of the mine.


Poaceae, Cyperaceae, narrowly polyphagous

Brachypodium sylvaticum; Calamagrostis epigeios; Carex elata; Deschampsia cespitosa; Schedonours arundinaceus.

Zoerner (1970a) adds: Camagrostis canescens; Ammocalamagrostis baltica and Elymus repens. These plants are not mentioned by later authors, being either overlooked or not accepted.


Larvae from autumn till June; they hibernate in the mine (Bland, 1996a; Buszko, 1990a; Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen, 1977a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Romania, and from Ireland to Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Body dull grey green with a narrow dorsal line; head pale brown with darker marking; prothoracic plate dark brown, irregularly divided.


Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Elachista zonariella Tengström, 1848.


Baran, Mazurkiewicz & Pałka (2007a), Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Biesenbaum (1995b), Bland (1996a), Buhr (1935b), Buszko (1990a), Ford (1943a), Gielis, Huisman, Kuchlein, van Nieukerken, van der Wolf & Wolschrijn (1985a), Heckford (1985a), Hering (1925a, 1957a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), Patočka (1999a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sruoga & Ivinskis (2005a), Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen (1977a), Szőcs (1977a), Wörz (1957a), Zoerner (1970a).

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