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Stigmella splendidissimella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855) Species

Last modified: Oct. 24, 2023, 9:45 a.m.

A rather common species in Belgium.


Family: Nepticulidae > Genus: Stigmella > Species: Stigmella splendidissimella
Vernacular names
Sierlijke braammineermot (NL), Glossy Bramble Pigmy (EN), Himbeer-Zwergmotte (FR), Mineur des feuilles de Ronce (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1862c. Notes sur quelques lépidoptères observés en Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 6: 170–176. On page 175 (as Nepticula Splendidissimella. HS.). view page




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature

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Grey-brown to greenish cocoon.

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The larva makes a leafmine usually on the foodplants. Usually a very long sinuous gallery with broken linear frass or if dispersed only one third of mine width.
The larvae of September-October are more numerous, so it's possible that there is only one generation with a minority of individuals emerging and reproducing ahead of the rest.

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Flight periods

The adults fly probably in two generations a year: late April-May and July-August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Rubus caesius, Rubus chamaemorus, Rubus saxatilis and Rubus idaeus
Host plant (genera):

The larva lives on: Rubus but also on Agrimonia, Fragaria, Filipendula, Geum and Potentilla.

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