Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stigmella centifoliella

Stigmella centifoliella (Zeller, 1848)

narrow-barred pigmy

Stigmella continuella: mines on Rosa (cult.)

Rosa (cult.), Dronten © Arnold Grosscurt

Stigmella centifoliella mine

Rosa (cultivated); Nieuwendam

Stigmella centifoliella mine

Rosa rugosa, Algeria, Tingad, 1100 m; leg EJ van Nieukerken & G Bryan


Egg usually at the underside of the leaf. The mine is a long sinuous gallery, often with a hairpin turn. Frass in a central line, leaving a clear zone at either side; this applies also to the first part of the corridor. Borkowski (1969a) stresses that the frass never is coiled.

host plants

Rosaceae, oligophagous

Rosa acicularis, canina, centifolia, x damascena, glauca, “hybrida”, luciae, majalis, marginata, multiflora, pendulina, phoenicia, rubiginosa, rugosa, soulieana, spinosissima, tomentosa; Sanguisorba hybrida, minor, officinalis.

More frequently on cultivated roses than anomalella.

Van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2006a) mention an observation on cf. Alchemilla alpina.


Larvae in June – July and again September – November (Emmet, 1983a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Albania, and Greece, and from Britain to the Ukraine (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Yellow, head brown (Emmet, 1983a; Gustafsson & van Nieukerken 1990a).


Nepticula centifoliella.


It often is impossible to distinguish the mines from those of St. anomalella


Aarvik, Bakke, Berg ao (1997a), Aguiar & Karsholt (2006a), Beiger (1979a), Bengtsson (2008a), Borkowski (1969a), Buhr (1936a, 1964a), Buszko & Baraniak (1989a), Buszko & Beshkov (2004a), Drăghia (1971a), Emmet (1971a, 1983a), van Frankenhuyzen & Houtman (1972a), Gustafsson (1985a), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Haase (1942a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1932a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Huemer (1988a), Huisman & Koster (1999a, 2000a), Jakšić (2015a), Johansson ao (1990a), Klimesch (1958c, 1977a), Kollár (2007a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz (2016a), Kvičala (1938a), A & Z Laštuvka (1997a, 2011a), Maček (1999a), Matošević, Pernek, Dubravac & Barić (2009a), Meijer, Smit, Beukeboom & Schilthuizen (2012a), van Nieukerken (1986a), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2004a, 2006a), Lhomme (1934d), Nowakowski (1954a), Popescu-Gorj & Drăghia (1966a), De Prins (1998a), Robbins (1991a), Sefrová (2005a), Skala (1939a, 1941a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Stammer (2016a), Steuer (1995a), Stolnicu (2007a), Surányi (1942a), Szőcs (1977a), Ureche (2010a), Utech (1962a), Zoerner (1969a).

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