Stigmella lapponica

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Stigmella lapponica
Scientific classification
S. lapponica
Binomial name
Stigmella lapponica
(Wocke, 1862)
  • Nepticula lapponica Wocke, 1862
  • Nepticula lusatica Schutze, 1904
  • Nepticula vossensis Gronlien, 1928

Stigmella lapponica is a moth of the Nepticulidae family. It is found in most of Europe (except the Balkan Peninsula and the Mediterranean islands), east to the eastern part of the Palearctic ecozone.[1]

Stigmella lapponica mine

The wingspan is 5–7 mm.The head is ferruginous-orange to blackish. Antennal eyecaps whitish. Forewings light fuscous with a somewhat oblique shining whitish-ochreous fascia at 2/3 ; apical area beyond this darker purple-fuscous; cilia round apex ochreous whitish except at base. Hindwings light grey.[2] Adults are on wing in May. There is one generation per year.[3]

The larvae feed on Betula humilis, Betula nana, Betula pendula and Betula pubescens (including Betula pubescens carpatica). They mine the leaves of their host plant. The mine consists of a slender corridor that hardly widens. The first part is filled with frass. The mine mostly follows a vein over a long distance, but the larva is capable of crossing thick veins, even the midrib.[4]


  1. ^ Fauna Europaea
  2. ^ Meyrick, E., 1895 A Handbook of British Lepidoptera MacMillan, London
  3. ^ UKmoths
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