Stigmella aurella

Alternative names
Golden Pigmy
Description

Wingspan 6-7 mm. This is one of a group of very similar looking Stigmella moths and identifying individual species presents huge problems. For this reason we can only accept records for this species if the record relates to the leafmines that occurs on Bramble or to an adult that has been reared from the leafmine. 

Similar Species

Other Stigmella species.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

ID guidance
Recording advice

This is one of a group of very similar looking Stigmella moths and identifying individual species presents huge problems. For this reason we can only accept records for this species if the record relates to the leafmines that occurs on Bramble or to an adult that has been reared from the leafmine. 

Habitat

Anywhere that Bramble is found.

When to see it

The adults fly in May and later in the Summer.

Life History

The foodplant is Bramble and its whitish mines, often tinged purple, are a familiar sight on Bramble leaves everywhere.

UK Status

This species is probably the commonest and most widespread in the British Isles.

VC55 Status

Although this group of moths is very common in Leicestershire and Rutland, the difficulties of identification mean that there are very few confirmed records for this area. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).  This may change now that the recording of leafmines is becoming more popular.

Reference
4.045 BF50

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

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