Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Elachista nitidulella

Elachista nitidulella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855)


Oviposition 3-10 cm below the tip of the leaf. The first 1-3 mm of the mine is a hair thin corridor. The mine eventually descends and widens, and just above the ligula it occupies the entire width of the leaf; all leaf tissue is eaten away here.


Poaceae, monofaag

Festuca stricta subsp. sulcata.

Preference for nearly withered plants along dusty paths (Deschka, 1969c).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2011).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2011).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2011).

distribution within Europe

From Germany to the Alps, and from France to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2011).


Full grown larva dull dirty white, only the mouthparts somewhat darker. Prothoracic plate hardly recognisable, two elongate spots at either side of the middle line.


Extensively described by (Deschka, 1969c).


Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Deschka (1969c), Kaila, Nupponen, Junnilainen ao (2003a), Laštůvka, Laštůvka, Liška ao (1992a), Kaila, Baran & Mutanen (2015a), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), De Prins (1998a), Pröse (1995a), Wörz (1957a).

Last modified 26.ii.2018