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Elachista canapennella (Hübner, 1813) Species

Last modified: Nov. 17, 2022, 4:38 p.m.

A rather common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Elachistidae > Subfamily: Elachistinae > Genus: Elachista > Species: Elachista canapennella
Vernacular names
Zilveren grasmineermot (NL)
Elachista pulchella (Haworth, 1828) , Elachista obscurella (Stainton, 1849) , Elachista postremella Dufrane, 1957 and Elachista humilis sensu De Crombrugghe, 1906
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1859b. Supplément au catalogue des lépidoptères de Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 3: 133–142. On page 137 (as obscurella). view page




The males of this species are relatively plain greyish brown with indistinct darker mottling. The females are quite different: being smaller with much more distinctive dark grey ground colour with white markings.

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Specimens in nature



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The yellow-grey larvae mine internally in the blades of various grasses.
Pupation outside the mine.
The adults are active from the evening onwards and come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year: from April towards June and again onwards from July till September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Holcus mollis and Arrhenatherum elatius

The lives in different species of Poaceae like: Agrostis, Deschampsia, Festuca, Poa etc...

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