Seq # 115100010

Stigmella aceris (Frey, 1857) Species

Last modified: Aug. 17, 2023, 5:33 p.m.

First record in 2006 in the south of Belgium. Since then, more and more observations became known from other provinces and the species seems to be fairly common now all over the country.


Family: Nepticulidae > Genus: Stigmella > Species: Stigmella aceris
Vernacular names
Esdoornmineermot, Akenmineermot (NL), Scarce Maple Pigmy (EN)
First mention in Belgium
De Prins W. 2007. Interessante waarnemingen van Lepidoptera in België in 2006 (Lepidoptera). — Phegea 35(1): 1–20. On page 2. view page




The egg is laid on the underside of the leaf, close to a rib.

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The larva makes a long sinuous gallery filled for most of its length with coiled green frass. (in older mines blackish) In some cases the frass is partly linear in the mine.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations: from May to June and again in August.
One of the few Nepticulidae that hibernates as an adult, usually behind hanging bark.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Acer campestre and Acer platanoides

Mostly on Acer campestre and Acer platanoides. Sometimes on other species of Acer like A. cappadocium. Records from Acer pseudoplatanus are from Stigmella speciosa.

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