Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Elachista rufocinerea

Elachista rufocinerea (Haworth, 1828)

red-brindled dwarf


Flat, translucent mine that can either run or down; the width may vary too, can be as wide as the blade. Frass few, grey, dispersed. THe larva uses to make several mines.

host plants

Poaceae, oligophagous

Arrhenarherum elatius; Holcus mollis; Schedonorus arundinaceus.

Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen (1977a) mention only Holcus mollis.


Larvae in early spring (Bland, 1996a).


<>BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Denmark to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Greece, and from Ireland to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Dirty yellow, grey green above; head brown; prothoracic plate brown with a narrow split (Bland, 1996a). Hering (1957a) writes that the larve has a row of dark ventral spots!


Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Bland (1996a), Hering (1957a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ellis (2007a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), De Prins (1998a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Szőcs (1977a), Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen (1977a).

Last modified 7.ii.2021