Stigmella continuella

    Alt Name
    Double-Barred Pigmy
    Description

    The adult moth has dark wings with a silvery fascia, orange head and white eyecaps.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Areas where Birch is present.

    When to see it

    The mines can be found in June and July, and occasionally in September. The adults are on the wing in May and August.

    Life History

    The foodplant of this species is Birch. The larvae create a distinctive leaf mine which starts off with a brownish blotch and then becomes a gallery completely filled with greenish-brown frass.

    UK Status

    Mainly recorded in in southern and north-west England. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Rare, or rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Reference
    4.044 BF64

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map