Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Ochsenheimeria vacculella

Ochsenheimeria vacculella Fischer von Röslerstamm, 1842

cereal stem-moth


Not described. The first instar lave mines in a leaf; after that it lives as a stem borer.


Poaceae, oligophagous

Agropyron cristatum; Bromopsis erecta, inermis; Elymus caninus; Elytrigia repens; Lolium; Phleum pratense; Poa; Schedonorus pratensis; Secale cereale; Triticum aestivum.

Can reach pest status on Secale.


Larvae in April – May (Emmet, 1985b).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2011).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2011).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2011).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to Iberia, The Alps and Romania, and from Britain to the Ukraine (Fauna Europaea, 2011).


Very slender; whitish, prothoracic plate blackish brown, anal plate light brown.


Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Davis (1975a), Emmet (1995b), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Robbins (1991a).

Last modified 2.i.2023