Stigmella tityrella

    Alternative names
    Small Beech Pigmy

    Wingspan 5 to 6 mm. Another of the very similar Nepticulidae, which are best identified by the nature of the larval feeding pattern, usually creating diagnostically-shaped mines in leaves. This species feeds on beech (Fagus sylvatica), creating an S-shaped mine, usually within the confines of two veins.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine

    ID guidance

    Areas where Beech is found.

    When to see it

    The adults fly in April and May, and again in July and August.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly common over much of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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