Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Elachista pullicomella

Elachista pullicomella Zeller, 1839


Translucent, whitish mine that often takes the entire width of the blade. Mine in the topmost section of the leaf, starting at the tip. Frass concentrated in the oldest, highest, part of the mine.

host plants

Poaceae, broadly oligophagous

Arrhenatherum; Avena; Avenella flexuosa; Calamagrostis epigeios; Dactylis glomerata; Deschampsia cespitosa; Elytrigia repens; Festuca ovina, rubra, stricta subsp. trachyphylla; Helictochloa pratensis; Holcus lanatus; Ochlopoa annua; Phleum; Poa pratensis; Rostraria cristata; Trisetum flavescens.


Larvae in April – May and June – July (Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen, 1977a).


recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Europe, with exception of the British Isles, the Iberian and Balkan Peninsula, and the Mediterranean Islands (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


grey green; head light brown; pronotum with two parallel length lines, widened a bit backwards, and separated by a narrow unpigmented line (Steuer, 1987a).


Baldizzone (2008a), Baran, Mazurkiewicz & Pałka (2007a), Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Buhr (1935b), Diškus & Stonis (2012a), Kaila, Nupponen, Junnilainen, Nupponen, Kaitila & Olschwang (2003a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a). Leutsch (2011a), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), De Prins (1998a), Schütze (1931a), Sønderup (1949a), Sruoga & Ivinskis (2005a, 2011a), Steuer (1987a), Szőcs (1977a), Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen 1977a), Wörz (1957a).

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