Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stigmella filipendulae

Stigmella filipendulae (Wocke, 1871)

dropwort pigmy

on Filipendula

Stigmella filipendulae: mine on Filipendula ulmaria

Filipendula ulmaria, Sweden, Motala, Södra Freberga-Jerusalemsviken, 29.vii.2020 © Torbjörn Blixt: vacated mine


Egg at the upper side of the leaf, generally on a vein or the margin. The mine is a gradually widening corridor. The first, narrow, part often closely follows the leaf margin. Frass in central, interrupted line, gradually widening from a very narrow beginning.

host plants

Rosaceae, narrowly monophagous

Filipendula ulmaria, vulgaris.


Bivoltine; larvae in July and late-August – October (Emmet, 1983a).


BE not recorded (Wullaert, 2018a).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Alps and Carpathians, and from Ireland to Poland; disjunct also in Greece (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Bright amber yellow (Emmer, 1983a); see Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a) for a detailed description.


Stigmella ulmariae Wocke (1979). Molecular studies show that there are no separate populations on Filipendula ulmariae and F. vulgaris (van Nieukerken, 2009, in Fauna Europaea).


Bengtsson (2008a), Borkowski (1969a), Buhr (1937a), Buszko (1987a), Diškus & Stonis (2012a), Emmet (1970d, 1971a, 1983a), Gustafsson (1985a), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Hering (1957a), Huber (1969a), Huemer (1986a, 1988a), Johansson ao (1990a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (1997a, 1998a), Maček (1999a), van Nieukerken (1986a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Segerer (2001a), Skala (1939a), Sønderup (1949a), Steeman & Sierens (2019a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Wullaert (2018a).

Last modified 17.vii.2021