Elachista heringi Rebel, 1899

Lepidoptera, Elachistidae

mine

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.

hostplants

Poaceae, monophagous

Stipa pennata, pulcherrima.

phenology

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.

BENELUX

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).

larva

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.

references

Baldizzone (2004a), Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Hering (1957a), Kaila, Nupponen, Junnilainen, Nupponen, Kaitila & Olschwang (2003a), Krone (1904a), Nel (2003a), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), Petry (1923a), Schütze (1931a), Steuer (1980a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a).

16/01/2017

mod 28.vi.2017