Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stigmella tormentillella

Stigmella tormentillella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1860)

on Potentilla

Stigmella tormentillella mineStigmella tormentillella mine

Potentilla aurea (left), P. crantzii, Austria, 1750 and 1800 m, resp.; from Klimesch (1981a)


Egg at the underside of the leaf. The mine is a corridor that considerably widens in the end, and may occupy an entire leaf segment. Frass initially in an uninterrupted central line, further on irregularly scattered.

host plants

Rosaceae, monophagous

Potentilla alba, aurea, crantzii, erecta, reptans, tabernaemontani.


Larvae in May – June and September – October (Hering, 1957a), but in the mountains only one generation (Johansson ao, 1990a).


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

distribution within Europe

From Germany to the Pyrenees and Italy, and from France to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2009); Iberia (Laštůvka & Laštůvka, 2015a).


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


Mainly an alpine species, found as high as 2200 m, but also a few lowland locaties are known (Johansson ao, 1990a).


Buhr (1936a), Drăghia (1971a), Gustafsson & van Nieukerken (1990a), Hering (1924a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Huemer (2012a), Johansson ao (1990a), Klimesch (1981a), Kurz (2016a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (1997a, 2015a), van Nieukerken (1986a), van Nieukerken, Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2006a), van Nieukerken, Mutanen & Doorenweerd (2012a), Skala (1939a), Steuer (1995a), Szőcs (1977a).

Last modified 26.viii.2019