Stigmella viscerella

Alternative names
Plain Elm Pigmy

Wingspan 5 to 6 mm. Plain looking bronzy olive forewing, darker towards the apex.

Identification difficulty

Adult Leafmine


Areas where Elm is present.

When to see it

Single brooded; May to June.

Life History

The larva mines Elm. The leaf mine may be seen from September and starts as a slender contorted gallery that looks like a tiny blotch, then progresses in a series of very tight 'S' turns.

UK Status

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

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map