Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stigmella torminalis

Stigmella torminalis (Wood, 1890)

hereford pigmy

Stigmella torminalis on Sorbus torminalis

Sorbus torminalis. Germany, Hesse, Volkmarsen, NSG Iberg bei Hörle, 7.vii.2022 © Hubertus Trilling, det. Dieter Robrecht, Erik van Nieukerken

Stigmella torminalis on Sorbus torminalis

anoher specimen, 7.vii.2022


Egg at the leaf underside. Initially a straight, narrow corridor, becoming wider and more contorted, in the end almost a blotch. Frass linear throughout. Pupation outside the mine.

host plants

Rosaceae, narrowly monophagous (?)

Sorbus torminalis.

Records from other hostplants (Amelanchier ovalis, Sorbus aria, aucuparia) probably are based on misidentifications (Johansson ea (1999a).


Larvae in July.


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

distribution within Europe

Known only from one locality in Britain and two records in Germany (Rheinland-Pfalz) (Johansson ao, 1999a); also the Crimea.


Pale yellow, head blackish.


Hering (1957a), Huber (1969a), Johansson ao (1990a), Klimesch (1940a, 1950c), Klimesch & Skala (1936c), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (1997a), Maček (1999a), Navickaitė, Diškus & Stonis (2014), van Nieukerken (1986a), Schoorl ao (1985a), Skala (1939a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a).

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