The leaf and stem mines of British flies and other insects
 

(Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera)

by Brian Pitkin, Willem Ellis, Colin Plant and Rob Edmunds

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Stigmella centifoliella (Zeller, 1848)
[Lepidoptera: Nepticulidae]

Narrow-barred Pigmy


Nepticula centifoliella Zeller, 1848. Linn. Ent. 3: 315.
Stigmella centifoliella
(Zeller, 1848).


Leaf-miner: A short gallery with linear frass (British leafminers).

Egg usually at the underside of the leaf. The mine is a long sinuous gallery, often with a hairpin turn. Frass in a central line, leaving a clear zone at either side; this applies also to the first part of the corridor. Borkowski (1969a) stresses that the frass never is coiled (Bladmineerders van Europa).

Larva: The larvae of moths have a head capsule and chewing mouthparts with opposable mandibles (see video of a gracillarid larva feeding), six thoracic legs and abdominal legs (see examples).

The larva is yellow, head brown (British leafminers; Emmet, 1983a; Gustafsson and van Nieukerken 1990a; Bladmineerders van Europa).

Pupa: The pupae of moths have visible head appendages, wings and legs which lie in sheaths (see examples).

Adult: The adult is illustrated in UKMoths. The male genitalia, but not the female genitalia (check for update), are illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group.

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Rosaceae        
Rosa       British leafminers
Rosa canina Dog-rose British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Pitkin & Plant

Hosts elsewhere:

Rosaceae        
Rosa acicularis     Bladmineerders van Europa
Rosa x bifera     Bladmineerders van Europa
Rosa canina Dog-rose British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Rosa centifolia Cabbage Rose   Bladmineerders van Europa
Rosa glauca Red-leaved Rose British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Rosa hybrida     Bladmineerders van Europa
Rosa jundzillii     Bladmineerders van Europa
Rosa majalis Cinnamon Rose   Bladmineerders van Europa
Rosa mandonii     Bladmineerders van Europa
Rosa multiflora Many-flowered Rose British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Rosa pendulina Alpine Rose   Bladmineerders van Europa
Rosa phoenicea     Bladmineerders van Europa
Rosa pimpinellifolia Burnet Rose British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Rosa rubiginosa Sweet-briar British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Rosa soulieana     Bladmineerders van Europa
Rosa tomentosa Harsh Downy-rose British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Rosa wichuriana     Bladmineerders van Europa
Sanguisorba hybrida     Bladmineerders van Europa
Sanguisorba minor Salad Burnet British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Sanguisorba officinalis Great Burnet British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa

Time of year - larvae: June - July, September - October (British leafminers).

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Britain including Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Caernarvonshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Denbighshire, Derbyshire, East Suffolk, Glamorgan, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Middlesex, North Essex, North Hampshire, North Somerset, Shropshire, South Essex, South Wiltshire, Stafford, West Kent, West Suffolk and Worcestershire (NBN Atlas).

See also British leafminers distribution map.

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canary Is., Croatia, Czech Republic, Danish mainland, Estonia, French mainland, Germany, Hungary, Italian mainland, Luxembourg, Norwegian mainland, Poland, Portuguese mainland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spanish mainland, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Ukraine and Yugoslavia (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Rosa canina, Rosa centifolia, Rosa glauca, Rosa majalis, Rosa multiflora, Rosa pendulina, Rosa pimpinellifolia, Rosa rubiginosa, Rosa tomentosa, Sanguisorba minor, Sanguisorba officinalis

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere:

Chalcidoidea  
Chrysocharis amanus (Walker, 1839) Eulophidae: Entedoninae
Chrysocharis prodice (Walker, 1839) Eulophidae: Entedoninae
Cirrospilus vittatus Walker, 1838 Eulophidae: Eulophinae
Sceptrothelys deione (Walker, 1839) Pteromalidae: Pteromalinae
Ichneumonoidea  
Adelius subfasciatus Haliday, 1833 Braconidae: Cheloninae


External links: Search the internet:
Belgian Lepidoptera
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Bladmineerders van Europa
British leafminers
Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea
NBN Atlas

NHM UK Checklist
UKMoths
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