Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stigmella muricatella

Stigmella muricatella (Klimesch, 1978)

Stigmella muricatella mines

Sanguisorba minor subsp. balearica, Anatolia; from Klimesch (1978b)


Oviposition at the underside of the leaf. The mine begins as a very delicate corridor. The continuation is quite broader, and follows the leaf margin. Finally the mine expands over a good part of the leaflet. Small leaflets are completely mined out. Frass black, almost completely filling the initial corridor, later in a more diffuse, broad line. Pupation external, exit slit in upper epidermis.

host plants

Rosaceae, monophagous

Sanguisorba minor subsp. balearica.


Larvae observed in June and July.

distribution within Europe

Greece, Turkey.


Light yellow, including the head capsule.


Klimesch (1978b), Z & A Laštuvka (1998a), van Nieukerken (1986a).

Last modified 16.vii.2019