The leaf and stem mines of British flies and other insects

(Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera)

by Brian Pitkin, Willem Ellis, Colin Plant and Rob Edmunds


Stigmella spinosissimae (Waters, 1928)
[Lepidoptera: Nepticulidae]

Plain Rose Pigmy

Nepticula spinosissimae Waters, 1928. Ent. mon. Mag. 64: 105.
Stigmella spinosissimae
(Waters, 1928).

Leaf-miner: Early gallery relatively straight with linear frass leaving clear narrow margins and not ending in a blotch (British leafminers).

Larva: The larvae of moths have a head capsule and chewing mouthparts with opposable mandibles (see video of a gracillarid larva feeding), six thoracic legs and abdominal legs (see examples).

Pupa: The pupae of moths have visible head appendages, wings and legs which lie in sheaths (see examples).

Adult: The adult is illustrated in UKMoths. The species is includd in

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland:

Rosa       British leafminers
Rosa spinosissima Burnet Rose   Pitkin & Plant, as Rosa pimpimellifolia

Hosts elsewhere:

Rosa spinosissima (as pimpinellifolia) Burnet Rose   Bladmineerders van Europa

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Britain including Caernarvonshire, Cardiganshire, Glamorgan, Haddington, North Ebudes, North Northumberland and Wigtownshire (NBN Atlas).

Also recorded in the Republic of Ireland (Fauna Europaea and National Biodiversity Data Centre Map).

Distribution elsewhere: East Palaearctic (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Rosa spinosissima

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.

External links: Search the internet:
Belgian Lepidoptera
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Bladmineerders van Europa
British leafminers
Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea
NBN Atlas
NHM UK Checklist
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