Stigmella suberivora

Alternative names
Holm-oak Pigmy
Description

Wingspan about 6 mm. The adults are dark grey/blackish with a faint purplish tinge and a yellow head.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine but best to refer leafmine for confirmation before recording.

ID guidance
Habitat

Areas where Holm Oak is present.

When to see it

May to July and August to September.

Life History

The eggs are laid on the upper surface of the leaves of Holm Oak, and the yellow larva creates a fairly broad mine almost filled with frass. A bivoltine species with larvae mining leaves during mid-summer and again during the winter-spring period.

UK Status

It is found mainly in southern England but apparently rather local. 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).

Reference
4.057 BF85

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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