Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Elachista heringi

Elachista heringi Rebel, 1899


The larva makes a narrow, usually upper-surface, descending corridor that generally starts 2-3 cm below the leaf tip. When the corridor is 3-5 cm long the direction reverses. The corridor then widens to over half of the width of the leaf, and becomes full depth. Pupation external.

host plants

Poaceae, monophagous

Stipa capillata, pennata, pulcherrima.


Krone (1904a) found in April hibernated larvae in the previous year’s ground leaves. Steuer (1980), also in April, found fresh mines in young leaves. vond in april overwinterde larven in de overjarige grondbladeren. Steuer (1980a), eveneens in april, vond verse mijnen in het jonge blad.


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

distribution within Europe

From Czechia to Spain and Italy, and from France to Romania; also South and East Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Described by Krone (1904a) and Steuer (1980a). Body spindle-shaped; the colour is olive green, turning greyish white shortly before pupation. Head dark brown; prothorax dorsally and ventrally with some dark sclerites of characteristic shape; anal plate not differentiated. Prolegs with only 5 crochets in a weakly curved line.


Baldizzone (2004a), Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Corley, Ferreira, Grundy, ao (2018a), Hering (1957a), Kaila, Nupponen, Junnilainen, Nupponen, Kaitila & Olschwang (2003a), Krone (1904a), Nel (2003a), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), Petry (1923a), Schütze (1931a), Steuer (1980a), Šumpich, Žemlička & Dvořák (2013a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Vávra (2016a).

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