Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Elachista luticomella

Elachista luticomella Zeller, 1839

yellow-headed dwarf


Long, narrow, white corridor, descending from close to the leaf tip to the leaf base or even stem. Frass in an inconspicuous grey line. From the stem the larva may enter a new leaf (Steuer, 1987a; Bland, 1996a).


Poaceae, oligophagous

Bromopsis ramosa; Dactylis glomerata; Deschampsia cespitosa; Lolium perenne; Melica uniflora; Milium effusum; Poa pratensis & subsp. irrigata; Schedonorus giganteus, pratensis.

Observed in Britain only on Dactylis glomerata and occasionally Brachypodium sylvaticum (Bland, 1996a).


Larvae from late autumn till May (Bland, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUXmnot recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Romania, and from Ireland to Central Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Lemon yellow; setae unusually long. Pronotum with two elongate brown spots. also the anal plate has a brown marking. Prolegs with 2-4(5) crochets in a faint, posteriorly concave, arc (Steuer, 1987a).


Described by Patočka (1999a) and Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Baran (2005a), Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Bland (1996a), Buhr (1935b), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a, Parenti & Varalda (1994a), Patočka (1999a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (1998a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sønderup (1949a), Sruoga & Ivinskis (2005a), Sterling (1986a), Steuer (1987a), Szőcs (1977a), Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen (1977a), Wörz (1957a).


Last modified 13.ii.2018