Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Elachista geminatella

Elachista geminatella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855)

norfolk wood-rush dwarf

Elachista geminatella: mine on Luzula sylvatica

Luzula sylvatica, Belgium, prov. Liège, Bas-Oha; © Jean-Yves Baugnée, imago det. Jukka Tabell

Elachista geminatella: habitat



Mine a bit inflated and puckered, somewhat like a tentiform mine.

host plants

Juncaceae, monophagous

Luzula campestris, multiflora, sylvatica.


Larvae from autumn till spring.


BE recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

NE recorded (, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden to Spain, and from Britain to the Baltic States and Austria (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Until the revision by Kaila ao (2001a) of the complex of species around E. regificella, geminatella was generally considered a synonym of regificella. The description of “regificella” by Steuer (1980a) actually refers to geminatella (Parenti, 2005a).


Baldizzone (2004a), Beiger (1960a, 1965a, 1970a), Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Heckford (2008a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ellis (2007a), Kaila, Bengtsson, Šulcs & Junnilainen (2001a), Kaila & Langmaid (2005a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Parenti (2005a), De Prins (2010a), De Prins & Steeman (2013a), Sruoga & Ivinskis (2005a), Steuer (1980a), Tokár, Richter, Richter, ao (2010a).

Last modified 10.iii.2021