Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stigmella benanderella

Stigmella benanderella (Wolff, 1955)


Oviposition mostly at the leaf upperside. The mine is a short corridor, almost completely filled with frass, widening into, and oftren overrun by, a short blotch with dispersed frass. Pupation external.


Salicaceae, narrowly monophagous

Salix phylicifolia, repens & subsp. rosmarinifolia.


Larvae were observed in southernn Sweden in the first half of July and in mid-August – September; further to the north only one generation seems to exist.

distribution within Europe

Fennoscandia, Denmark, Baltic States; Hungary, Slovakia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).




The mine often cannot be distinguished from the one of St. zelleriella. The two species partly overlap, both in hostplants and in distribution. Mines with the egg at the upper surface belong with certainty to benanderella.


Bengtsson (2008a), Diškus & Stonis (2012a), Gustafsson (1985a), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Hering (1957a), Johansson ao (1990a), Laštuvka & Laštuvka (1997a), Navickaitė, Diškus & Stonis (2011a), van Nieukerken (1983a, 1986a), van Nieukerken, Mutanen & Doorenweerd (2012a), Šulcs (1996a), Szőcs (1968a, 1977a, 1981a).

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