Stigmella oxyacanthella

Alt Name
Common Fruit-tree Pigmy

Wingspan 5 to 6 mm. The adults have plain dark forewings with a hint of purple, and an orange head.

Photo ID?

In areas where the larval foodplants occur.

When to see it

A single generation species with adults flying in June.

Life History

The larvae mine the leaves of Hawthorn, Apple and one or two other species. The mine is initially narrow with linear frass, but becomes wide with reddish frass in neat arcs. The larva is bright green and feeds in September and October.

UK Status

It is common throughout much of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

4.026 BF100

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map