Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stigmella plagicolella

Stigmella plagicolella (Stainton, 1854)

scrubland pigmy

on (Malus), Prunus

Stigmella plagicolella mine on Prunus cerasifera

Prunus cerasifera, Hungary, Budapest © László Érsek

Stigmella plagicolella mines on Prunus cerasifera

two mines, upperside of the leaf

Stigmella plagicolella mines on Prunus cerasifera

at the underside they are hardly recognisable

Stigmella plagicolella parsitised mine

mine, vacated by a parasitoïd

Stigmella plagicolella mine on Prunus cerasifera

mine with an unusual frass pattern

Stigmella plagicolella: larva

larva, dorsal view

Stigmella plagicolella: larva

larva, ventral view

Stigmella plagicolella mine on Prunus spinosa

Prunus spinosa, Bergen NH

Stigmella plagicolella: mine on Malus domestica

Malus domestica, Belgium, prov. Namur, Couvin, Frasnes © Stéphane Claerebout: mine on a very exceptional host plant

Stigmella plagicolella: mine on Malus domestica



Egg at the leaf underside. The first part of the mine consists of a slender undulating corridor with a proportionally wide uninterrupted frass line, that leaves a clear transparent zone at either side. After a moult this corridor abruptly widens into a blotch, that develops into the opposite direction. The frass is concentrated here in a diffuse central spot. The mine hardly ever crosses the midrib. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Rosaceae, oligophagous

Malus domestica; Prunus armeniaca, avium, cerasifera, domestica & subsp. insititia, mahaleb, mume, spinosa, subcordata, triloba.

Sloe is the most important host plant by far. Occurrence on apple is very occasional; yet the mine shown above had an exit slit, indicating that the larva successfully had completed its development.


Larven in July and September – October (Emmet, 1976a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX recorded (Ellis: Kautenbach).

distribution within Europe

All Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Nepticula plagicolella.


Reported as a pest on greenhouse plums (van Frankenhuyzen & Freriks, 1972d).


Amsel & Hering (1933a), Beiger (1979a), Bengtsson (2008a), Borkowski (1969a), Buhr (1936a, 1964a), Buszko & Baraniak (1989a), Buszko & Beshkov (2004a), Černý (2001a), Corley (2005a), Csóka (2003a), Deutsch (2012a), Diškus & Stonis (2012a), Drăghia (1967a, 1968a, 1970a, 1971a), Emmet (1976a), van Frankenhuyzen & Freriks (1972d), van Frankenhuyzen & Houtman (1972a), van Frankenhuyzen Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Gustafsson (1985a), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Haase (1942a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1924a, 1932g, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Huemer (1985a, 1988a), Huemer & Erlebach (2003a), Johansson ao (1990a), Kasy (1979a, 1983a, 1987a), Klimesch (1936a, 1942a, 1950c, 1958c), Kollár (2007a), Kollár & Hrubík (2009a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz (2016a), Kurz & Kurz (2007a), Kvičala (1938a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (1997a, 2005a, 2015a), Lhomme (1934c,d), Maček (1999a), Navickaitė, Diškus & Stonis (2014), van Nieukerken (1986a, 2006a), van Nieukerken, Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2004a, 2006a), van Nieukerken, Zolotuhin & Mistchenko (2004a), Nowakowski (1954a), Plóciennik, Pawlikiewicz & Jaworski (2011a), Popescu-Gorj & Drăghia (1968a), De Prins (2007a), Robbins (1991a), Sefrová (2005a), Skala (1939a, 1941a, 1951a), Sønderup (1949a), Stammer (2016a), Starý (1930a), Steuer (1995a), Stolnicu (2008a), Szőcs (1977a, 1978a, 1981a), Thomann (1956a), Yefremova & Kravchenko (2015a), Zoerner (1969a).

Last modified 18.ii.2020