Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Enteucha acetosae

Enteucha acetosae (Stainton, 1854)

sorrel pigmy, sorrel dot

Enteucha acetosae mine

Rumex alpestris, Triest; from Klimesch (1940b)

Enteucha acetosae: vacated mine on Rumex acetosella

Rumex acetosella, Britain, Norfolk, The Brecks © Rob Edmunds


Oviposition at the leaf underside, usually near a vein. The mine is a narrow, hardly widening, corridor that makes about 5 whole of half circles closely around the egg. The leaf tissue around th mine is intensely reddened; often several mines in a leaf. Frass in a narrow central line. Pupation outside the mine.


Polygonaceae, narrowly monophagous

Rumex acetosa, acetosella, arifolius, thyrsiflorus.


Probably three generations in western and central Europe (Johansson ao, 1990a).


Observed in Belgium (De Prins ao).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden tot the Pyrenees, Alps, and Serbia, and from Ireland to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Body pale yellowish, head very pale light brown (Gustafsson & van Nieukerken, 199a), Sich (1909a).


Artaversala, Johanssonia, Johanssoniella, Nepticula, Stigmella, acetosae; Nepticula arifoliella Klimesch, 1940.


Beiger (1955a), Bengtsson (2008a), Diškus & Stonis (2012a), Gustafsson (1985a), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Hering (1921b, 1957a), Johansson ao (1990a), Klimesch (1940b. 1990b), Laštuvka & Laštuvka (1997), Lepiforum (2024), Maček (1999a), Michalska (1976a), van Nieukerken (1986a,b), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2006a), Nowakowski (1954a), Parenti & Varalda (2000a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sich (1908a, 1909a), Skala (1939a, 1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Skorb, Diškus & Stonis (0000a), Sønderup (1949a), Šulcs (1996a), Szőcs (1977a), Zoerner (1969a).

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