Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Elachista stabilella

Elachista stabilella Stainton, 1858

southern dwarf


Long narrow yellowish corridor, descending from the leaf tip to its base; at times 3-4 larvae in a leaf. Often several larvae in a communal mine. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Poaceae, oligophagous

Agrostis; Avena fatua; Brachypodium pinnatum, sylvaticum; Calamagrostis; Deschampsia cespitosa; Milium effusum; Poa badensis; Schedonorus arundinaceus.

Once reared by Robbins (1991a) from Carex sp.


Larvae from February till the end of May and again in June – July (Bland, 1996a).


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

NE recorded (Huisman & Koster, 1994a; Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to Switzerland, and from Britain to Romania; moreover in the Iberian Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Body yellowish; head and prothoracic shield pale brown; prothoracic shield divided.


Cosmiotes stabilella.

parasitoids, predators

Hemiptarsenus ornatus.


Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Bland (1996a), Heckford (1985a), Hering (1957a), Huemer & Morandini (2009a), Huisman & Koster (1994a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Liška ao (2000a), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a), Traugot-Olsen & Schmidt Nielsen (1977a).

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