Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stigmella alaternella

Stigmella alaternella (Le Marchand, 1937)

Lepidoptera, Nepticulidae

on Rhamnus

Stigmella alaternella mine

Rhamnus alaternus, Spain, Almería, Felix, Barranco de Carcauz © Pete & Ginny Clarke

Stigmella alaternella mine with larva

mine with larva

Stigmella alaternella cocoon


Stigmella alaternella: vacated mine on Rhamnus alaternus

Rhamnus alaternus, France, dép Var, Toulon, Batterie de la Renardière © Stéphane Claerebout

Stigmella alaternella: vacated mine on Rhamnus alaternus

same mine, lighted from behind


Full depth, not very slender corridor, not associated with the leaf margin, more or less suddenly widening into a very large blotch. Frass in an interrupted central line that occupies 1/3 – 1/4 of the corridor width.


Rhamnaceae, narrowly monophagous

Rhamnus alaternus.


Larvae in March and August – September.


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

France, Iberian Peninsula, Italy (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Pale greenish yellow.


Hering (1935b, 1957a), Klimesch (1948a), Laštuvka & Laštuvka (1997a), van Nieukerken (1986a), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2004a, 2006a).


Last modified 8.vii.2017