Stigmella tiliae

    Alternative names
    Lime Pigmy

    Wingspan 4.5 to 6 mm.  Similar to many other Stigmella, having plain dark bronzy brown fore-wings, a white collar and eye-caps.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Woodland and areas with Lime.

    When to see it

    The adult flies from May to August in two generations.

    Life History

    The larvae mine the leaves of Lime (Tilia species), mainly Tilia cordata (Small-leaved Lime), during July and August to October. The larvae are pale yellow with a brownish head.

    UK Status

    Found locally through England and Wales (Mainly from East Wales to East Anglia). In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in VC55 – As at October 2018 there were only two records of this species – both from larval mines.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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