Stigmella hybnerella

Alternative names
Shining Hawthorn Dot
Greenish Thorn Pigmy
Description

Wingspan 4 to 5 mm. A small, narrow-winged species with a strong metallic lustre. The inner part of the forewing is slightly greenish-bronze; there is a silvery fascia and the outer part is tinged reddish-purple. The head is black in the male, between orange and black in the female.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

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Habitat

Hedgerows and other well wooded areas where Hawthorn is present.

When to see it

The adults are on the wing in April and May and July and August.

Life History

The larvae mine the leaves of Hawthorn, forming a blotch with irregular black frass. The first generation is quite early, feeding in May and June. The second feeds from late July to September.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain. 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).

Reference
4.030 BF99

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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Species profile

Common names
Greenish Thorn Pigmy
Species group:
Moths
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Lepidoptera
Family:
Nepticulidae
Records on NatureSpot:
60
First record:
12/10/2017 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
11/09/2023 (Calow, Graham)

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