Stigmella plagicolella

    Alternative names
    Scrubland Pigmy

    Wingspan 4 to 5 mm. They have dark forewings with bronzy and purple sheens and a neat whitish fascia.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Areas where the larval foodplants are found.

    When to see it

    The adults are on the wing from May to June and again in August.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Prunus, mainly Blackthorn creating a roundish blotch which begins as a narrow gallery. These can be found in July and again in September and October.

    UK Status

    A fairly common species throughout England, Wales and Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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