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

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