Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stigmella speciosa

Stigmella speciosa (Frey, 1857)

barred sycamore pigmy

Stigmella speciosa mine

Acer pseudoplatanus, Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen

Stigmella speciosa: mine on Acer pseudoplatanus

Acer pseudplatanus, Wimmenumer-duinen © Luc Knijnsberg


Egg invariably at the lower surface. The mine is a full depth corridor, quite variable in length and width. Also the frass pattern is very variable: sometimes a narrow continuous line, sometimes a broad zone. Always there remains a clear zone between the frass and the side of the mine; also the frass is never coiled.

host plants

Sapindaceae, monophagous

Acer monspessulanum, opalus & subsp. obtusatum, pseudoplatanus, saccharinum, semenovii, sempervirens.

Never on A. campestre or platanoides.


Larvae in July – August and September – October.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Denmark to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Greece, and from Britain to the Ukraine (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Pale yellow; described by Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a).


Nepticula speciosa; Nepticula monspessulani Skala; Stigmella pseudoplatanella (Weber, 1937).


Ahr (1966a), Bengtsson (2008a), Borkowski (1969a), Buhr (1964a), Buszko & Baraniak (1989a), Buszko & Beshkov (2004a), Corley, Marabuto & Pires (2007a), Corley, Rosete, Gonçalves ao (2018a), Csóka (2003a), Emmet (1971a, 1983a), van Frankenhuyzen & Houtman (1972a), van Frankenhuyzen Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Huemer & Erlebach (2003a), Gustafsson (1985a), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Haase (1942a), Hering (1934b, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Johansson ao (1990a), Klimesch (1940a, 1950c, 1956c), Klimesch & Skala (1936c), Kollár (2007a), Kollár & Hrubík (2009a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kurz (2016a), Kurz & Kurz (2007a), A & A Laštuvka (1997a, 2005a), Lhomme (1934b), Maček (1999a), Matošević, Pernek, Dubravac & Barić (2009a), Michna (1975a), van Nieukerken (1986a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2004a, 2006), Plóciennik, Pawlikiewicz & Jaworski (2011a), Popescu-Gorj & Drăghia (1966a), Robbins (1991a), Roques, Cleary, Matsiakh & Eschem (2017a), Roweck & Savenkov (2013a), Sefrová (2005a), Skala (1939a, 1941a, 1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Stammer (2016a), Steuer (1995a), Surányi (1942a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Ureche (2010a), van Wielink (2020a).

Last modified 25.ii.2021