Elachista diederichsiella E Hering, 1889

Lepidoptera, Elachistidae


The mine descends from just below the leaf tip. It begins as a narrow corridor, that widens abruptly into a broad, withish, strongly inflated Phyllonorycter – like blotch that is visible at both sides of the leaf. The entire mine is 2-3 cm long. Often 2-4 larvae in a mine. Frass irregularly distributed in the entire mine. Pupation external.


Poaceae, oligophagous

Holcus mollis; Milium effusum.

Milium seems to be the most important hostplant (according to Hering even the only one).


Larve in April – May (Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen, 1977a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia and North Russia to the Pyrenees, Alps and Carapathians, and from France to Central Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Body dirty yellowish green, posteriorly more yellowish; head and prothoracic plate dark brown.


Shining yellowish brown, longitudinal ridges greyish; see Patočka (1999a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), for a description.


Buhr (1935b), Buszko (1990a), Hering (1957a), Kaila, Nupponen, Junnilainen, Nupponen, Kaitila & Olschwang (2003a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2006a), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), Patočka (1999a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Sønderup (1949a), Sruoga & Ivinskis (2005a) , Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen (1977a).


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