Stigmella lemniscella

Alternative names
Red Elm Pigmy

Wingspan 5 to 6 mm. The adult moths have a silvery fascia and a bronzy tinge to the inner part of the wing.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

ID guidance

Leafmine occurs on Elm with the exit slit on upper surface.


Areas where the larval foodplant occurs.

When to see it

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

Life History

The larval stage mines the leaves of Elm (Ulmus) including Wych Elm (U. glabra). It forms a narrow gallery almost filled with frass, often following the leaf margin. The mines occur from late June to July and September to October.

UK Status

Distributed throughout the British Isles, although becoming scarcer further north. 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).

4.043 BF63

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map