Stigmella ulmivora

    Alternative names
    Barred Elm Pigmy

    Wingspan about 5 mm. Black head and bright coppery red forewing glossed with purple. Silver fascia.

    Identification difficulty

    Adult Leafmine (exit hole must be underside of leaf)

    Recording advice

    When recording the leafmine please state host species, and include a note to say whether the exit hole was on the underside of the leaf.


    Areas where Elm is present.

    When to see it

    May to early June.

    Life History

    Larva mines leaves of Elm, overwintering as a pupa.

    UK Status

    Local throughout much of England, as far north as Durham. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

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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