Seq # 115100290

Stigmella myrtillella (Stainton, 1857) Species

Last modified: Oct. 9, 2023, 9:01 a.m.

A fairly common species in Belgium where the food plants grows.


Family: Nepticulidae > Genus: Stigmella > Species: Stigmella myrtillella
Vernacular names
Bosbesmineermot (NL), Bilberry Pigmy (EN)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1863. Addenda au catalogue des Lépidoptères de Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 7: 87–93. On page 93 (as Nepticula Myrtillella Edleston). view page




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Specimens in nature

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The larva makes a leafmine usually starting close to a midrib, initially a gallery and later becoming a blotch with the frass in a thick central line.

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It pupates in a ochreous to reddish brown cocoon.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year: from May till June and later again in August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Vaccinium myrtillus and Vaccinium uliginosum

The larva lives on Vaccinium myrtillus and V. uliginosum. Very rarely found on V. vitis-idaeae.

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