Ochsenheimeria taurella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Dactylis glomerata, Belgium, prov. East Flanders, Buggenhout, 8.iv.2019 © Ruben Meert: larva in the lower part of the stem
larva taken out of the host plant
Not described. The larva mines just a few days in the leaf, then continues als a stem borer on the lower part of the stem. They regularly move to a new stem. The central leaves of the infested plants wither and die.
Larvae from September till May (Emmet, 1985b).
BE recorded (Phegea, 2011).
NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a; Microlepidoptera.nl, 2011).
LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2011).
distribution within Europe
Probably all Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2011).
Very slender, white, head pale brown, a block spot around each stigma.
Ochsenheimeria birdella (Curtis, 1831), O. mediopectinellus (Haworth, 1828). The synonymy of mediopectinellus with taurella is moot.
Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Davis (1975a), Emmet (1989b), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a).