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 ulmariae (Wocke, 1879)
[Lepidoptera: Nepticulidae]

Meadow-sweet Pigmy


Nepticula ulmariae Wocke, 1879. Bresl. ent. Ztg.: 79.
Stigmella ulmariae
(Wocke, 1879).


Leaf-miner: A long twisting gallery, often doubling back (British leafminers).

Mine of Stigmella ulmariae on Filipendula ulmariae Image: © David Manning (British leafminers)
Mine of Stigmella ulmariae on Filipendula ulmariae
Image: © David Manning (British leafminers)

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).

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

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

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Rosaceae        
Filipendula ulmaria Meadowsweet British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. British leafminers
Filipendula ulmaria Meadowsweet British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Pitkin & Plant

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

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

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Widespread in Britain including Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Glamorgan, Huntingdonshire, North Essex, North Hampshire and Stafford (NBN Atlas, = Stigmella filipendulae).

See also British leafminers distribution map.

Also recorded in the Republic of Ireland (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea). See also Ireland's NBDC interactive map.

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria, Czech Republic, Danish mainland, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, ? Norwegian mainland, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden and The Netherlands (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

NBN interactive distribution maps of known host species in Britain and elsewhere:

Filipendula ulmaria

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere:

Chalcidoidea  
Chrysocharis prodice (Walker, 1839) Eulophidae: Entedoninae
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 (= Stigmella filipendulae)
NHM UK Checklist
UKMoths
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