The leaf and stem mines of British flies and other insects

(Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera)

by Brian Pitkin, Willem Ellis, Colin Plant and Rob Edmunds


Elachista littoricola Le Marchand, 1938
[Lepidoptera: Elachistidae]

Hampshire Dwarf

Elachista littoricola Le Marchand, 1938. Rev. fr. Lep. 9: 96, fig'd.

? Leaf-miner: Details unknown.

Larva: The larvae of moths have a head capsule and chewing mouthparts with opposable mandibles (see video of a gracillarid larva feeding), six thoracic legs and abdominal legs (see examples).

Pupa: The pupae of moths have visible head appendages, wings and legs which lie in sheaths (see examples).

Adult: The adult is not illustrated in UKMoths (check for update). The species is included in

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland: Currently unknown.

Hosts elsewhere:

Elymus repens Common Couch British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Leymus arenarius Lyme Grass British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Britain including Derbyshire, Shropshire, South Hampshire and Stafford (NBN Atlas).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Czech Republic, Danish mainland, Estonia, Finland, French mainland, Germany, Italian mainland, Latvia and Russia - East (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Host species unknown

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.

External links: Search the internet:

Belgian Lepidoptera
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Bladmineerders van Europa
British leafminers
Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea
NBN Atlas

NHM UK Checklist

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