Elachista rudectella Stainton, 1851

Lepidoptera, Elachistidae

mine

Large, opaque, mine in the distal half of the leaf. The mine occupies the entire width of the leaf, and runs up to the tip. The upper epidermis is strongly inflated. Several leaves are mined by the larva. Pupation external.

hostplants

Poaceae, narrowly monophagous

Phleum phleoides.

phenology

Larvae in April (Hoffmann, 1893a).

BENELUX

not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Germany to Italy, Greece, and Romania; moreover East-Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

larva

Dark grey with brownish head and a black thoracic plate, divided by a fine line; its posterior margin “projects at either side almost in a right angle”. Anal plate small, roundish, dark brown.

notes

On dry, rocky slopes; the considerable mines prerefably in languishing plants at the foot of the rock face.

references

Biesenbaum (1995b), Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Hering (1957a), Hoffmann (1893a), Kaila, Nupponen, Junnilainen, Nupponen, Kaitila & Olschwang (2003a), Klimesch (1942a), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), Schütze (1931a), Szőcs (1977a), Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen (1977a), Wörz (1957a).

14/01/2017

mod 28.vi.2017