Stigmella minusculella

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Stigmella minusculella
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S. minusculella
Binomial name
Stigmella minusculella
(Herrich-Schaffer, 1855)
Synonyms
  • Nepticula minusculella Herrich-Schaffer, 1855
  • Nepticula chalybeia Braun, 1914
  • Nepticula embonella Klimesch, 1978
  • Stigmella chalybeia (Braun, 1914)

Stigmella minusculella is a moth of the Nepticulidae family. It is found from Denmark and Latvia to the Pyrenees, Corsica, Italy and Crete, and from Great Britain to Ukraine. It is also present in North America, where it is found in Ohio, New Jersey and Ontario.

Mine
Mined pieces of pear leaves
Larva

The wingspan is 5–6 mm. There are two to three generations per year.

The larvae feed on Pyrus amygdaliformis, Pyrus communis, Pyrus elaeagrifolia and Pyrus spinosa. They mine the leaves of their host plant. The mine consists of a slightly contorted corridor, usually not forming a secondary blotch. The frass line is very narrow, especially in the first section of the mine.

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