Nepticulidae : Nepticulinae
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Stigmella betulicola
Common Birch Pigmy

(Stainton, 1856)110 / 4.005

Morley's Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk.

Life Style: A double brooded species. The larvae mine Betula leaves preferring seedlings and saplings.

Identification: A small dark bronze winged species with a white fascia, orange head tuft and white collar and scape. The moth can be identified by breeding out from a mine or by genitalia dissection. More Info
The larvae create a gallery from an ovum on the underside of a leaf, the mine is parallel sided and has a linear frass line. They do not cross a vein and there can be several per leaf. The yellow larva has a brown head, brown spotted prothorax and dark ventral spots. More Info

Mine: Either the leaf or a good photograph required

Recorded in 5 (9%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2000.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/09/2020+25TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
11/10/2014+26TM07 - Thelnetham/Redgrave
20/10/2002125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
12/10/2002+25TM45 - Aldeburgh/Orford
03/09/2000+25TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
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Wingspan: 4-5mm
Flight: Two Generations. May and Aug.
Foodplant:   Birch
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: -  Mine: L
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