Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Elachista dispunctella

Elachista dispunctella Dupunchel (1843)

white dwarf


The mine begins as a fine, white gallery close to the base of the leaf. The gallery ascends to some distance under the tip of the leaf, and finally is as broad as the blade. The mine then is semi-transparent and yellowish white, with the frass packed in its basal part. The larva mines one single leaf.

host plants

Poaceae, monophagous

Festuca ovina, rubra.


Larvae in July and September-November (Heckford, 2010a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From the British Isles and Germany to the Pyrenees and the Ukraine (Kaila, 2015a).


Body pale grey, head semi-transparent, reddish brown. See Heckford (2010b) for a description and colour.


Heckford (2010b).


Elachista cahorsensis Traugott-Olsen, 1992; hallini Traugott-Olsen, 1992; imbi Traugott-Olsen, 1992; intrigella Traugott-Olsen, 1992; karsholti Traugott-Olsen, 1992; mannella Traugott-Olsen, 1992; multipunctella Traugott-Olsen, 1992; nielspederi Traugott-Olsen, 1992; pocopunctella Traugott-Olsen, 1992; povolnyi Traugott-Olsen, 1992; punctella Traugott-Olsen, 1992; skulei Traugott-Olsen, 1992.


Species of coastal regions: calcareous grasslands, but also maritime heaths and coastal cliffs (Heckford, 2010b).


Baldizzone & scalercio (2018a), Baran (2005a), Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Bland (1996a), Buszko (1990a), Heckford (2010b), Hering (1957a), Kaila (2015a), Klimesch (1942a), Liška ao (2000a), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), De Prins (1998a), Pröse (1995a), Schütze (1931a), Sruoga & Ivinskis (2005a), Svensson (1966a), Szőcs (1977a), Traugott-Olsen (1992a), Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen (1977a), Vávra (2016a), Wörz (1957a).

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