Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Elachista subocellea

Elachista subocellea (Stephens, 1834)

brown-barred dwarf


At first a narrow ascending corridor. The direction reverses and the mine develops into a broad, greenish, inconspicuous blotch, reminding of a tentiform mine, 5-8 cm long. Pupation external.

host plants

Poaceae, oligophagous

Brachypodium pinnatum, sylvaticum; Holcus lanatus; Phleum phleoides.

Schütze (1931a) also mentions Festuca as a host plant, but this is not confirmed by later authors.


Larvae in end-April – early June (Bland, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Romania, and from Ireland to Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Dull green, head and prothoracic shield light brown. Prothoracic shield divided in two narrow elongate, distally enlarged, slerites (Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen, 1977a; Bland, 1996a).


Elachista disertella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855).


Baldizzone (2004a), Baldizzone & scalercio (2018a), Baran, Mazurkiewicz & Pałka (2007a), Bidzilya, Budashkin & Zhakov (2016a), Bland (1996a), Buszko (1990a), Hering (1957a), Huisman & Koster (1994a), Kaila, Nupponen, Junnilainen, ao (2003a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Martini (1912c), Parenti & Domínguez (1995a). Parenti & Pizzolato (2015b), Parenti & Varalda (1994a), De Prins (1998a), Robbins (1991a), Sruoga & Ivinskis (2005a), Schütze (1931a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Traugott-Olsen & Nielsen (1977a), Vávra (2016a), Wörz (1957a).

Last modified 28.i.2021