Stigmella magdalenae

Alternative names
Northern Rowan Pigmy

Adult Stigmella are very difficult to identify and this species is best recorded as a leafmine on Rowan (see under Life History).

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine

Recording advice

Adult: It may not be possible to identify adult Stigmella even by dissection unless reared from the leafmine.

Leafmine: May be identifiable with care please provide good photographs including a backlit image. Please also state the host species (i.e. usually Rowan). 


Areas where Rowan occurs.

When to see it

The leafmines may be found from late June to August and persist until the leaves fall.

Life History

Larva mines the leaves of Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) creating a long, thin, linear gallery with frass in a thin line.

UK Status

Mainly found in the north and west of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

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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