Stigmella obliquella

    Alternative names
    Willow Pigmy

    Wingspan 4 to 5 mm.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Leafmine occurs on various smooth leaved willows.


    Where smooth-leaved willows occur.

    When to see it

    The adult moths emerge in two generations: in May and August.

    Life History

    The eggs of this species are laid on either side of the leaves of one of the smooth-leaved willows. The yellow larvae emerge in June and September and create a narrow mine, often parallel to the rib of the leaf.

    UK Status

    The moth is widely distributed, but not particularly common in most of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map