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

Increasingly well recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland in recent years, particularly from the leafmines on Lime

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

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