Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Elachista rudectella

Elachista rudectella Stainton, 1851

Lepidoptera, Elachistidae


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.


Poaceae, narrowly monophagous

Phleum phleoides.


Larvae in April (Hoffmann, 1893a).


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).


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.


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


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).


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