Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Elachista herrichii

Elachista herrichii Frey, 1859


After hibernation the mine is a fine, yellowish green shallow corridor in the basal part of the leaf. The larva then works upwards, broadening the mine to the full width of the blade. As a result the distal part of the leaf withers and turns dark reddish brown. Frass irregularly scattered. Pupation outside the mine,


Poaceae, oligophagois

Agrostis; Avenula pubescens; Bromopsis pannonica; Festuca arvernensis; Holcus; Koeleria glauca, “gracilis”, macrantha; Rostraria cristata.

Preference for open, dry habitats on calcareous soils (Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen, 1977a).


Mining larvae from autumn till April or May, and again from July to early August (Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen, 1977a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From the Baltic States to the Pyrnees, Italy, and Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Deep yellow with a broad whitish dorsal line; head pale brown. Pronotum with a pair of dark, elongate, posteriorly diverging slerites (Hering, 1957a; Hoffmann, 1893a; Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen, 1977a).


Elachista obscurella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855); E. reuttiana Frey, 1859.


Baldizzone (2004a, 2008a), Baran (2005a), Baran, Mazurkiewicz & Pałka (2007a), Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Buszko (1990a), Hering (1957a), Hoffmann (1893a), Kaila, Nupponen, Junnilainen, Nupponen, Kaitila & Olschwang (2003a), Liška ao (2000a), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), Schütze (1931a), Sruoga & Ivinskis (2005a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a, Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen (1977a), Wörz (1957a).


Last modified 7.viii.2017