Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stigmella thuringiaca

Stigmella thuringiaca (Petry, 1904)

Lepidoptera, Nepticulidae

Stigmella thuringiaca mine

Potentilla tabernaemontani, Belgium, prov. Namur, Nismes; from van Nieukerken (2006a)

Stigmella thuringiaca mine

same material; picture in the field (© C van den Berg)


Egg at the underside of the leaf, near the midrib. The mine is a gradully widening, not very slender corridor, generally following a thick vein or the margin. Frass irregularly scattered, occupying at least one third of the width of the corridor.


Herbaceous Rosaceae, monophagous

Agrimonia eupatoria; Argentina anserina; Filipendula vulgaris; Fragaria moschata, vesca, viridis; Potentilla cinerea, recta, tabernaemontani; Sanguisorba minor.


Two generations per year.


BE recorded (van Nieukerken, 2006a).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Germany, Poland, and Central Russia to the Iberian Peninsula and Italy; not in the Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2009); also known from the Crimea (Navickaitė ao).


Bright yellow (Johansson ao, 1990a); no further details known so far.


Several nepticulids occur on herbaceous Rosacaeae; solely on the mine St. thuringaca cannot reliably be singled out.


Beiger (1960a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1957a), Johansson ao (1990a), Kasy (1983a, 1985a), Klimesch (1936a, 1958c), A & Z Laštuvka (1997a, 2008a), Z & A Laštůvka (2009b), Maček (1999a), Navickaitė, Diškus & Stonis (2014), van Nieukerken (1986a, 2006a), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2004a), van Nieukerken, A & Z Laštuvka (2006a), van Nieukerken, Zolotuhin & Mistchenko (2004a), Skala (1939a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Steuer (1995a), Surányi (1942a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a).


Last modified 17.vii.2017