Ephysteris promptella (Staudinger, 1859)

Lepidoptera, Gelechiidae

mine

According to Huemer & Karsholt (2010a) and various sources on the internet the species is a shoot borer. However, Klimesch (1984a), on the authority of Povolný, calls the species a grass miner.

hostplants

Poaceae, oligophagous

Andropogon, Oryza, Panicum, Saccharum officinarum; Sorghum, Stipa; Triticum; Zea mays.

distribution within Europe

Pantropic species; in the entire southern half of Europe, including Madeira, the Canary Islands and the Mediterranean islands (Fauna Europaea, 2011).

notes

A pest on sugarcane (“ratoon shoot borer”).

references

Huemer & Karsholt (2010a), Klimesch (1984a).

26/07/2011

mod 13.ix.2017