Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stigmella anomalella

Stigmella anomalella (Goeze, 1783)

rose leaf-miner

on Rosa

Stigmella anomalella: vacated mine on Rosa spec.

Rosa spec., Amstelveen, JP Thijsssepark, 7.vii.2018 © Cor Zonneveld: vacated mine

Stigmella anomalella mines

Rosa sp., Boswachterij Westerschouwen

Stigmella anomalella mine

Rosa sp., Nieuwendam

detail, to show the switch from the one type of frass to the other


Egg at the underside of the leaf, near a vein. The mine is a clear corridor, often with a hairpin turn, the section before the turn often following the leaf margin. The first section of the mine is entirely filled with greyish green frass. Further on the frass line is quite variable, black, sometimes coiled, always leaving a clear zone at either side. The shift in the frass pattern usually is quite sharp (probably coincides with a moult). The frass is deposited on the ceiling of the mine. Pupation external; exit slit in upper epidermis.

host plants

Rosaceae, oligophagous

Potentilla caulescens; Rosa arkansana, canina, centifolia, glauca, luciae, pendulina, rubiginosa, rugosa, spinosissima, tomentosa; Sanguisorba minor, officinalis.


Larvae in July and October (Emmet, 1983a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All Europe, perhaps excepted Greece (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Nepticula anomalella; N. fletcheri Tutt, 1899; N. laticuniculella Sauber, 1904; N. zermattensis Weber, 1939; Stigmella caulescentella Klimesch, 1946.


Beiger (1979a), Bengtsson (2008a), Borkowski (1969a), Buhr (1936a, 1964a), Burmann (1980a), Buszko & Baraniak (1989a), Buszko & Beshkov (2004a), J Černý (2001a), Csóka (2003a), Diškus & Stonis (2012a), Emmet (1971a, 1983a), van Frankenhuyzen Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Gustafsson (1985a), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Haase (1942a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1932g, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Huemer (1985a, 1988a), Huemer & Erlebach (2003a), Huisman & Koster (1999a), Johansson ao (1990a), Kasy (1987a), Klimesch (1936a, 1940a, 1946b, 1950c, 1958c), Klimesch & Skala (1936c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz (2016a), Kurz & Kurz (2007a), Łabanowski & Soika (2012a), A & Z Laštuvka (1997a), Lhomme (1934d), Maček (1999a), Navickaitė, Diškus & Stonis (2011a), van Nieukerken (1986a), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2004a, 2006a), Nowakowski (1954a), De Prins (1998a), Robbins (1991a), Sefrová (2005a), Skala (1939a, 1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Starý (1930a), Steuer (1995a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a, 1981a), Utech (1962a).

Last modified 19.ii.2020