Nepticulidae : Nepticulinae
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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Leaf mine on Meadowsweet, found by J.Spence. Secret Fen, Cavenham Heath NNR 17/10/2020

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Stigmella filipendulae
Dropwort Pigmy

(Wocke, 1871)58 / 4.052
=Stigmella ulmariae

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed. The Nepticulids were not extensively studied and only 21 were listed.

Recent Status: This scarce species in the UK was first recorded in Suffolk as the larval mine during 2020.

Life Style: A double brooded species flying in mid-summer and early autumn. The larvae mine leaves of Filipendula vulgaris and Filipendula ulmaria. They pupate on the ground. The pupal stage passes the winter.

Identification: The moth is a small Stigmella species with brown, sometimes purple tinged forewings and a white fascia. The head is dull brown and the scape paler. The moth can be identified by breeding out from a mine or by genitalia dissection. More Info
The egg is laid on the top side of a leaf usually near a vein. The bright amber yellow larvae create a mildly contorted gallery with a central broken frass line. The gallery and frass line gradually widen.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Mine: Either the leaf or a good photograph required

Recorded in 1 (2%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2020.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/10/2020126TL77 - Mildenhall
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Wingspan: 5mm
Flight: Two Generations. May and Aug.
Foodplant:   Meadowsweet, Dropwort.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Mine: L
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