Stigmella continuella

Alternative names
Double-Barred Pigmy

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

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine


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.

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

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