Stigmella hybnerella

    Alternative names
    Greenish Thorn Pigmy

    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

    ID guidance

    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).

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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