Stigmella floslactella

    Alternative names
    Coarse Hazel Pigmy

    Wingspan about 6 mm.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Areas where the larval foodplants are present.

    When to see it

    There are two generations, with adults on the wing in May and August.

    Life History

    This species feeds on Hazel or Hornbeam and its larval mines are often found alongside that of Stigmella microtheriella in the same leaf. However the mines of S. floslactella are generally wider, less angular and contain more scattered frass than those of S. microtheriella. The larval mines can be found in June-July, but more often in September-October.

    UK Status

    A widespread and fairly common species across most of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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