Stigmella rhamnella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1860)

on ? Frangula, Rhamnus

Stigmella rhamnella: occupied mine on Rhamnus cathartica

Rhamnus cathartica, Germany, Hesse, Volkmarsen, NSG Scheid, 28.ix.2019 © Hubertus Trilling

Stigmella rhamnella mines

Rhamnus saxatilis, Austria, Traunstein area; from Klimesch (1951b)


Fairly long corridor, suddenly turning into an elongated, full depth blotch. The corridor may follow the precise leaf margin for a long distance. When this does not happen the corridor is laid in close loops, often more or less “intestine-like” in semicircles. In the first section of the corridor frass occupies almost all space, further up the frass line becomes somewhat narrower.

host plants

Rhamnaceae, oligophagous

Rhamnus alpina, cathartica, pumila, saxatilis.

Gustafsson (1981b) with reservation mentions Rh. alaternus. Van Nieukerken ao (2004a) reared from material of Frangula alnus from Portugal moths that probably belonged to rhamnella.


Larvae in May – June (Hering, 1957a); 2-3 generations (Laštuvka & Laštuvka, 1997a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Denmark to the Iberian Peninsula and Italy, and from France to Romania and the Ukraine; also Estonia; not in the southern Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Green; see the description by Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a).


Stigmella rhamnipumilae Klimesch, 1950.


Bengtsson (2008a), Borkowski (1969a), Buszko & Baraniak (1989a), Corley (2005a), Drăghia (1968a), Gustafsson (1981b), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Hering (1921b, 1932g, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Kasy (1983a, 1987a), Klimesch (1950c, 1951b, 1956c, 1958c), Klimesch & Skala (1936c), Laštuvka & Laštuvka (1997a), Maček (1999a), Navickaitė, Diškus & Stonis (2014), van Nieukerken (1986a), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2004a, 2006a), Skala (1939a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Steuer (1995a), Surányi (1942a), Szőcs (1968a, 1977a, 1981a).

mod 29.ix.2019