Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ephysteris promptella

Ephysteris promptella (Staudinger, 1859)

ratoon shoot borer

on Poaceae


The larva is a sten borer.

host plants

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).


A pest on sugarcane.


Bella & Karsholt (2015a), Huemer & Karsholt (2010a), Klimesch (1984a), Requena (2009a).

Last modified 27.i.2020