Stigmella aurella agg.
Wingspan 6-7 mm. this is one of a group of very similar looking moths and identifying individual species presents huge problems. For this reason we have decided to treat it as an aggregate for the purposes of our website. The large group of moths known as the Nepticulidae are all very tiny, and because of the way their larvae feed internally on leaves, they are known as leaf-miners. The shape of the pale gallery or blotch created by the larva as it feeds is usually a better means of identification than comparing the adult moths. The adult wings have a metallic sheen.
Leafmine occurs on Bramble. http://www.leafmines.co.uk/html/Lepidoptera/S.aurella.htm
Anywhere that Bramble is found.
The adults fly in May and later in the Summer.
The foodplant is Bramble and its whitish mines are a familiar sight on Bramble leaves everywhere.
This species is probably the commonest and most widespread in the British Isles.
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)
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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