Stigmella sorbi

Stigmella sorbi
Stigmella sorbi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nepticulidae
Genus: Stigmella
Species: S. sorbi
Binomial name
Stigmella sorbi
(Stainton, 1861)
  • Nepticula sorbi Stainton, 1861

Stigmella sorbi is a moth of the Nepticulidae family. It is found in most of Europe (except Iceland, Portugal, Belgium and the western part of the Balkan Peninsula), east to the eastern part of the Palearctic ecozone.

The wingspan is 6–7 mm. Adults are on wing in May.

The larvae feed on Amelanchier, Cotoneaster simonsii, Malus domestica, Sorbus aucuparia and Sorbus intermedia. They mine the leaves of their host plant. The mine starts as a slender winding corridor, the second part of which is almost stuffed with frass. The then corridor widens into a blotch with dispersed frass. In large leaves this blotch may be almost circular. Normally, the midrib is not crossed, but the mine can occupy the major part of a leaflet. There are often several mines in leaf.

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