Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stigmella sorbi

Stigmella sorbi (Stainton, 1861)

barred rowan pigmy

on Sorbus, etc.

Stugmella sorbi: mines on Sorbus aucuparia

Sorbus aucuparia, Belgium, prov. Liège, Rocherath, © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Stigmella sorbi: occupied mine on Sorbus aucuparia

occupied mine

Stigmella sorbi: vacated mine on Sorbus aucuparia

vacated mine

Stigmella sorbi mine

Sorbus aucuparia, Italy, Aosta; herbarium Ben van As

Stigmella sorbi; mine on Sorbus auciparia

Sorbus aucuparia, Belgium (from Wullaert, 2010c).

Stigmella sorbi: vacated mine

Sorbus aucuparia, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Arlon; © Jean-Yves Baugnée


Oviposition at the leaf underside. The mine begins as a very slender winding corridor of 15-20 mm, the second part of which is almost stuffed with frass. The corridor abruptly widens into a blotch with dispersed frass; in large leaves this blotch is almost circular. Mostly the midrib is not crossed, but the mine can occupy the major part of a leaflet. Often several mines in leaf.

host plants

Rosaceae, oligophagous

Amelanchier; Cotoneaster integerrimus, simonsii; Malus domestica; Sorbus americana, aucuparia, intermedia.

Mentioned from Sorbus torminalis by Maček (1999a).


Larvae in June – July (Emmet, 1983a); one of the earliest nepticulids (van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka, 2006a).


BE recorded (Wullaert, 2010c).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009); boreomontane species (Wullaert (2010a).


Very pale green, head light brown; described by Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a).


Stigmella cotoneastrella (Weber, 1936).


Banytė, Diškus & Podėnas (0000a), Bengtsson (2008a), Borkowski (1969a), Bruun (1986a), Buhr (1937a, 1964a), Burmann (1949a, 1951a), Černý (2001a), 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 (1924a, 1957a), Huemer (1988a, 2012a), Johansson ao (1990a), Klimesch (1950c), Kurz (2016a), Laštuvka & Laštuvka (1997a), Lepiforum (2024), Navickaitė, Diškus & Stonis (2011a), van Nieukerken (1986a), van Nieukerken, Laštuvka & Laštuvka (2004, 2006a), Nowakowski (1954a), Popescu-Gorj & Drăghia (1968a), De Prins & Steeman (2014a), Seidel (1957a), Skala (1939a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Skorb, Diškus & Stonis (0000a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a), Thomann (1956a), Wullaert (2010c), Yefremova & Kravchenko (2015a), Zaberga, Legzdina, Otfinowski & Obelevičius (2014a).

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