Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stigmella hemargyrella

Stigmella hemargyrella (Kollar, 1832)

beech pigmy

Stigmella hemargyrella: occupied mine on Fagus sylvatica

Fagus sylvatica, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Mol © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Stigmella hemargyrella mine

Fagus sylvatica, Arnhem, Sonsbeek

Stigmella hemargyrella mine

another mine from the same sample


Oviposition generally at the upper side of the leaf, and not far from the leaf margin. The mine is a rather wide corridor, that often crosses a vein, and almost invariably runs from somewhere near the leaf margin in the direction of the midrib. Its first part is quite narrow, with a narrow central frass line. The next section is wider, and here the frass is distinctly coiled. In the final section the frass lies somewhat more irregular, and in a rather narrow central zone.

host plants

Fagaceae, monophagous

Fagus sylvatica, orientalis.


Larvae in late-April – May and again in late-June – early August (Emmet, 1983a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX recorded (Ellis: Kautenbach).

distribution within Europe

Europe, but seems to be absent in European Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a).


Nepticula hemargyrella; N. basalella Herrich-Schäffer, 1855.


Baldizzone (2004a), Beiger (1979a), Bengtsson (200), Borkowski (1969a), Buhr (1935b, 1964a), Buszko & Baraniak (1989a), Buszko & Beshkov (2004a), Černý (2001a), Csóka (2003a), Deutsch (2012a), Diškus, Navickaitė & Stonis (2011a), Diškus & Stonis (2012a), Emmet (1983a), van Frankenhuyzen & Houtman (1972a), van Frankenhuyzen Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Gustafsson (1985a), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Haase (1942a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1935a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Huemer & Erlebach (2003a), Johansson ao (1990a), Kasy (1983a), Klimesch (1950c), Kollár (2007a), Kollár & Hrubík (2009a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (199a), Kurz (2016a), A & Z Laštuvka (1997a), Maček (1999a), Matošević, Pernek, Dubravac & Barić (2009a), Michna (1975a), van Nieukerken (1986a, 2006a), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2004a, 2006a), Nowakowski (1954a), De Prins (1998a, 2007a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sefrová (2005a), Skala (1939a, 1941a, 1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Stammer (2016a), Starý (1930a), Steuer (1995a), Šumpich (2017a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a, 1981a), Tomov & Krusteva (2007a), Ureche (2010a), Zoerner (1969a).

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