Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Elachista freyerella

Elachista freyerella (Hübner, 1825)

broken-barred dwarf


Long, flat, whitish, relatively broad corridor descending from the leaf tip. Frass irregularly scattered. The larva may make several mines during its lifetime. Pupation outside the mine.


Poaceae, widely oligophagous

Agrostis; Bromus; Dactylis; Festuca glauca, rubra; Holcus; Ochlopoa annua; Poa badensis, compressa, nemoralis, pratensis, trivialis; Rostraria cristata; Schedonorus arundinaceus; Trisetum fuscum; Triticum.

Preference for Poa species (Hering, 1957a; Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen, 1977a). Once bred from an unidentified Carex (Robbins, 1991a).


Larvae from March to May, June (Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen, 1977a)


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All of Europe, except the Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Yellowish grey, head and protharal shield black; prothoracal shield divided.


Described by Patočka (1997a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Cosmiotes freyerella; Elachista nigrella (Hübner, 1805); Cosmiotes aridella Heinemann, 1854, Elachista nigrella aridella.


Baran, Mazurkiewicz & Pałka (2007a), Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Biesenbaum (2010b), Bland (1996a), Buszko & Baraniak (1989b), Corley, Maravalhas & Passos de Carvalho (2006a), Hering (1957a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2006a), Leutsch (2011a), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), Patočka (1997a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sønderup (1949a), Sruoga & Ivinskis (2005a, 2011a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen (1977a).


Last modified 13.ii.2018