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Stigmella amygdali (Klimesch, 1978)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Nepticula amygdali Klimesch, 1978: 264-266.
Type locality: Greece, Rhodes, Lindos
Type: Holotype : Greece, Rhodes, Lindos, Mines on Prunus dulcis, 10.vi.1976, Zucht Nr. 1144, J. KLimesch, in coll. ZSM, Munich.

Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:


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Picture from: Kurz Michael
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Description of adults: Wing expanse: 3.5—4.0 mm. Vestiture of hair-like scales on the head light rusty coloured; collar and scapes white; antennae black, slightly more than 1/2 (), respectively, 1/2 () of forewing length; maxillary palpi yellowish-white; thorax black; forewings roughly scaled, ground colour dark grey, densely covered with black scales, except for outer area and tornus, where ground colour is slightly visible; fringe light grey, distinctly offset in colour from rest of wing; hindwings dark grey, in with black scent scales from basis to 1/2 at anterior and inner margin; fringe dark grey; underside dark grey; legs light grey, underside yellowish-grey, tarsi of hindlegs dark spotted; abdomen black, anal end yellowish (Klimesch 1978).


S. amygdali is known only from the island of Rhodes in the aegean sea (Rhodes, Lindos, Treas, Salakos and Filerimos, see Klimesch 1978).


The species has been found on dry and steep slopes and at the edges of cultivated land on wild almond trees. It probably flies in two generations per year with tenanted mines in June and September (Klimesch 1978).

Stages in development:

Mines on Prunus dulcis: Rhodos, Lindos, 6.VI.1976      
Picture from: © Klimesch 1978
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Description of early stages following Klimesch (1978).

Egg. The egg is laid on either side of a leaf.

Larva. The larva is light yellow, with green gut and light brown head capsule. It feeds on Prunus dulcis (Mill.) D. A. Webb exclusively to present knowledge. The mine is a gallery, mostly starting at underside and often associated with a leaf vein. In the early mine, the black broken frass almost fills the gallery. Later, the short gallery is contorted with bulked frass, leaving narrow clear margins. The exit hole of the larva is on the underside. The cocoon is yellowish-white.


-genitalia, GU Kli 4121: Rhodos, Lindos, Prunus dulcis, e.l. 14.VII.1976 -genitalia, GU Kli 4128: Rhodos, Treas, Prunus dulcis, e.l. 4.X.1977    
Picture from: © Klimesch 1978
Detailed view
Picture from: © Klimesch 1978
Detailed view

Genitalia. Uncus with shallow emargination; arms of gnathos inserted separately from each other; valvae with coming forward ventral margin; vinculum slender, shallow emarginated; aedeagus with a dense row of strong cornuti and a cornutal plate (Klimesch 1978).

Genitalia. Gonapohyses as usual; bursa with granulated structure, without a signum." (Klimesch 1978).

Worth knowing:


Klimesch, J. 1978. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Nepticulidenfauna von Anatolien und der Insel Rhodos (Lepidoptera, Nepticulidae). Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 121: 239-278.

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2014.02.18
Kurz Michael: 2016.06.15
Kurz Michael: 2016.06.24
not reviewed