Stigmella suberivora

    Alternative names
    Holm-oak Pigmy

    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

    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).

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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

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