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Bramble leaf miner

Observed: 18th January 2010 By: RHomanRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in Invertebrates
Bramble mine1
Bramble mine2
Description:

Many vacated mines found in bramble leaves and only this one with a larva, although possibly dead, in the mine

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Stigmella aurella interacts

Comments

DavidHowdon's picture

Are they definitly different

I thought there remained some difference of opinion as to whether S. aurella and S. splendidissimella were distinct species.

RHoman's picture

Different or not?

With that little group of Stigmella there does seem to be some "flexibility" as to what constitutes a good species (51 Stigmella fragariella seems to have gone, for example): however, with the 2 in question a quick trawl through Fauna Europaea, the Dutch microleps site and Willem Ellis' Dutch leafminers site suggest that they are distinct. The genus is the focus of some DNA work which might show a different outcome.
The main problem with these two species is that they are essentially impossible to seperate on the basis of most mines as there is much overlap in terms of mine morphology.

Robert

Robert Homan