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Stigmella centifoliella (Zeller, 1848)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Nepticula centifoliella Zeller, 1848: 315.
Type locality: Germany, Franfurt am Main.
Type: Syntypes: 1 , 2 : Germany, Frankfurt am Main, e.l. on garden roses, v.Heyden; in coll. ?NHM, London

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Nepticula centifoliella Heyden, 1843: 208. nomen nudum, unavailable.
Nepticula hodgkinsoni Stainton, 1884: 103. Type locality: England: Leyland near Preston. Junior subjective synonym.
Stigmella rosaefoliella pectocatena Wilkinson & Scoble, 1979: 18. Type locality: Canada: Ontario, Ottawa. Junior subjective synonym (Nieukerken 2016).


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Picture from: Kurz Michael
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In Europe, the species is found from Scandinavia to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Albania and Greece, and from Great Britain to Ukraine (Nieukerken 2016) . It is also present in North Africa (Tunisia) and North America (Canada, Ottawa).


Adults are on wing from July to October (Nieukerken 2016).

Stages in development:

Netherlands, Nieuwendam Netherlands, Dronten    
Picture from: www.bladmineerders.nl (CC-BY-NC-SA-2.5-NL)
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Picture from: www.bladmineerders.nl: © Arnold Grosscurt
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The larvae mine the leaves of various species of roses, including garden hybrids. Recorded have been Rosa acicularis, Rosa x bifera, Rosa canina, Rosa centifolia, Rosa glauca, Rosa "Hybrida", Rosa jundzillii, Rosa majalis, Rosa multiflora, Rosa pendulina, Rosa phoenicea, Rosa pimpinellifolia, Rosa rubiginosa, Rosa soulieana, Rosa tomentosa and Rosa wichuriana, but also Sanguisorba hybrida, Sanguisorba minor and Sanguisorba officinalis. Larvae have also been reared from Alchemilla species. The mine consists of a long sinuous gallery, often with a hairpin turn. The frass in the first part of the corridor is concentrated in a central line, leaving a clear zone at either side (Nieukerken 2016).

Worth knowing:


Nieukerken, E. J. van 2016. Nepticulidae and Opostegidae of the world. - URL: http://nepticuloidea.info/ [online 2016.04.04].
Zeller, P. C. 1848. Die Gattungen der mit Augendeckeln versehenen blattminirenden Schaben. Linnaea entomologica 3: 284-344, 2 pls.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2015.11.29
Kurz Michael: 2016.04.05
Kurz Michael: 2017.06.23
not reviewed