ELACHISTIDAE in Australia
Grass-miner Moths
GELECHIOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

ELACHISTIDAE

caterpillars
  
ELACHISTIDAE

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ELACHISTIDAE

moths

The caterpillars of this family are small, only growing to a length of about 1 cm. The caterpillars are miners, burrowing into the stems and leaves of Grasses (POACEAE), Sedges (CYPERACEAE), Rushes (JUNCACEAE), and Flags (IRIDACEAE).

Some authors have also included the species listed elsewhere in these webpages in ETHMIIDAE as in a subfamily ETHMIINAE of ELACHISTIDAE, but here following Nielsen, Edwards and Rangsi, we treat ETHMIIDAE as a separate family.

Some of the 148 named Australian species in ELACHISTIDAE are:

Elachista aepsera

  • Elachista alacera
  • Elachista alampeta
    Elachista aluta
  • Elachista anolba
    Elachista aposematica
  • Elachista arctodyta
  • Elachista argopis
  • Elachista ascidiella
  • Elachista asperae
  • Elachista aurita
  • Elachista averta
  • Elachista bidens
  • Elachista bilobella
  • Elachista campsella
  • Elachista carcharota
  • Elachista catagma
  • Elachista cataptila
    Elachista catarata
  • Elachista ceratiola
  • Elachista cerebrosella
  • Elachista cerina
  • Elachista cerrita
  • Elachista chilotera
  • Elachista chloropepla
  • Elachista citrina
  • Elachista coalita
  • Elachista commoncommelinae
  • Elachista corbicula
  • Elachista corneola
  • Elachista crenatella
  • Elachista crocospila
  • Elachista crumilla
  • Elachista cursa
  • Elachista cyanea
  • Elachista cycotis
  • Elachista cylistica
  • Elachista cynopa
  • Elachista delira
  • Elachista demogenes
  • Elachista deusta
  • Elachista dieropa
  • Elachista discina
  • Elachista diligens
  • Elachista effusi
  • Elachista elaphria
  • Elachista ensifera
  • Elachista epartica
  • Elachista erebophthalma
  • Elachista eriodes
  • Elachista essymena
  • Elachista etorella
  • Elachista euthema
  • Elachista evexa
  • Elachista faberella
  • Elachista festina
  • Elachista filiphila
  • Elachista floccella
    Elachista flammula
  • Elachista flavicilia
  • Elachista floccella
  • Elachista freyerella
  • Elachista fucosa
  • Elachista gemadella
    Elachista gerasmia
  • Elachista gladiatrix
  • Elachista gladiograpta
  • Elachista glomerella
  • Elachista glossina
  • Elachista habrella
  • Elachista helvola
  • Elachista ictera
  • Elachista ignicolor
  • Elachista illota
  • Elachista impiger
  • Elachista indigens
  • Elachista lachnella
  • Elachista laterina
  • Elachista leucastra
  • Elachista levipes
  • Elachista ligula
  • Elachista litharga
  • Elachista lopadina
  • Elachista magidina
  • Elachista melanthes
  • Elachista melina
  • Elachista menura
  • Elachista merista
  • Elachista metallifera
  • Elachista micalis
    Elachista mundula
  • Elachista mutarata
  • Elachista mystropha
  • Elachista nielsencommelinae
  • Elasticha nodosae
  • Elachista ophelma
  • Elachista ophthalma
  • Elachista opima
    Elachista paragauda
  • Elachista paryphoea
  • Elachista patania
  • Elachista patersoniae
  • Elachista peridiola
  • Elachista pharetra
  • Elachista phascola
  • Elachista physalodes
  • Elachista platina
  • Elachista platysma
  • Elachista polliae
  • Elachista prolatella
  • Elachista propera
  • Elachista protensa
  • Elachista ravella
  • Elachista repanda
  • Elachista rhomboidea
  • Elachista rubiginosae
  • Elachista rudicula
  • Elachista ruscella
  • Elachista sandaraca
  • Elachista sappirella
  • Elachista sarota
  • Elachista scitula
  • Elachista scopulina
  • Elachista seductilis
  • Elachista solena
  • Elachista spathacea
  • Elachista sphaerella
  • Elachista spinodora
  • Elachista spongicola
  • Elachista stictifica
  • Elachista strenua
    Elachista synethes
  • Elachista syntomella
  • Elachista tetraquetri
  • Elachista toralis
  • Elachista toropis
  • Elachista toryna
  • Elachista trulla
  • Elachista velox
    Elachista velutina
  • Elachista vitellina
  • Elachista zeta
  • Elachista zophosema

    Perittia antauges

  • Perittia daleris
  • Perittia deroga

  • Urodeta inusta


    Further reading:

    Lauri Kaila,
    Elachistine Moths of Australia: (Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Elachistidae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera,
    Volume 11, CSIRO publishing, 2011.


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    (updated 31 May 2014, 20 August 2017)