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

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

    UK Map