Stigmella plagicolella

Alt Name
Scrubland Pigmy

Wingspan 4 to 5 mm. They have dark forewings with bronzy and purple sheens and a neat whitish fascia.

Photo ID?

Areas where the larval foodplants are found.

When to see it

The adults are on the wing from May to June and again in August.

Life History

The larvae feed on Prunus, mainly Blackthorn creating a roundish blotch which begins as a narrow gallery. These can be found in July and again in September and October.

UK Status

A fairly common species throughout England, Wales and Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

4.042 BF67

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map