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Stigmella crataegella (Klimesch, 1936)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Nepticula crataegella Klimesch, 1936: 200.
Type locality: Italy, Naturno
Type: Syntypes: Italy, Naturno, 13-17. viii.1934 - 13-27.iii.1935, leg.Klimesch, in coll. ZSM, Munich.

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Stigmella indigena Puplesis, 1994: 111. Type locality: Turkmenistan, env. Kara-Kala. Junior subjective synonym.


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Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view


The species is found from Fennoscandia to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy and Macedonia, and from Ireland to Poland and Romania (Nieukerken 2016). In Asia, it also occurs in Turkmenistan.


Adults are on wing from May to early June. There is one generation per year (Nieukerken 2016).

Stages in development:

The larvae feed the leaves of Crataegus laciniata, Crataegus laevigata, Crataegus monogyna, Crataegus pentagyna, Crataegus rivularis and Crataegus spathulata. The mine consists of a corridor. In the first part of the corridor, the frass is concentrated in a central line, later it is clearly coiled. The corridor makes several hairpin turns, usually resulting in a secondary blotch (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:


Klimesch, J. 1936. Ein kleiner Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Nepticulidenfauna (Lep.) des Vintschgaues (Prov. Bozen). Stettiner Entomologische Zeitung: 194-211.
Nieukerken, E. J. van 2016. Nepticulidae and Opostegidae of the world. - URL: http://nepticuloidea.info/ [online 2016.04.21].

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2015.08.20
Kurz Michael: 2016.05.03
Kurz Michael: 2017.09.11
Kurz Michael: 2019.07.07
not reviewed