Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Stigmella multispicata Rocienė & Stonis 2014
Male forewing 1.8–1.9 mm; wingspan 3.7–4.1 mm.
Female forewing 1.8–2.2 mm; wingspan 4.0–4.3 mm.
The only Stigmella in North America with black frontal tuft, white collar, and single fascia on forewing.
Presumed to be native in Russia and China; introduced in Canada (ON, QC) and the USA (IL, IN, IA, MD, MA, MN, NY, OH, TN, WI).
Larvae have been found from mid-June to mid-July and from mid-October to early November; adults in May and from July to early October.
Larvae mine leaves of Siberian elm (Ulmaceae: Ulmus pumila).
The native oak feeder Stigmella quercipulchella
is similar but has an additional silver patch at the tornus, is slightly larger, and has more strongly purple reflections across the forewings.
Nieukerken, Erik J. van, Daniel Owen Gilrein & Charles S. Eiseman. 2018. Stigmella multispicata
Rocienė & Stonis, an Asian leafminer on Siberian elm now widespread in eastern North America. ZooKeys 784: 95-125
Stonis J.R., A. Diškus, A. Remeikis, A. Navickaite, A. Rocienė, 2013. Description of new species of oak leaf-miners (Lepidoptera: Nepticulidae), with notes on the species groups of Stigmella Schrank associated with Quercus as a host-plant. Zootaxa, 3737: 201–222