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.

4.042 BF67

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

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