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Stigmella continuella (Stainton, 1856)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Nepticula continuella Stainton, 1856: 42.
Type locality: England, Lewisham
Type: Holotype: England, Lewisham, September 1854, larvae in Birch leaves, e.l. 26 June 1855, Stainton, in coll. NHM, London

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Stigmella uigurica Puplesis, 1985: 62. Type locality: Russia, Primor´ye, 20 km E Ussuryisk, Gornotayezhnoye. Junior subjective synonym.


: schematic      
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view


The species is found from Fennoscandia to the Pyrenees, Alps and Hungary, and from Ireland to central Russia and Ukraine, east to the eastern Palearctic (Nieukerken 2016).


Adults are on wing from May to August (Nieukerken 2016).

Stages in development:

The larvae feed on the leaves of Betula nana, Betula pendula and Betula pubescens. The mine consists of a slender corridor. The first part is strongly contorted. The leaf tissue that is cut off is killed, resulting in a brown spot. The brown frass fills the corridor completely along the whole length of the mine. Pupation takes place outside of the mine (Nieukerken 2016).


-genitalia: schematic -genitalia: schematic    
Picture from: Kurz Michael (redrawn from Johansson et al. 1990)
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael (redrawn from Johansson et al. 1990)
Detailed view

Worth knowing:


Nieukerken, E. J. van 2016. Nepticulidae and Opostegidae of the world. - URL: http://nepticuloidea.info/ [online 2016.04.18].
Stainton, H. T. 1856. Lepidoptera. New British species in 1855. Entomologist´s Annual, 26-45.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2016.04.21
Kurz Michael: 2017.06.23
Kurz Michael: 2019.07.07
not reviewed