Stigmella catharticella

    Alternative names
    Buckthorn Pigmy

    The combination of ferruginous-orange head, white collar and eyecaps, and white tornal spot, is distinctive, but the species is much more frequently recorded in the larval stage due to possible confurion of adult with other Stigmella species.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Where Buckthorn occurs.

    When to see it

    Peak time is around June.

    Life History

    The larval foodplant is Buckthorn. Long straight slender gallery, turning into a series of 'S' turns. Frass and larva match colour of leaf and tenanted mines can be hard to find.

    UK Status

    In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    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

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