Nepticulidae : Nepticulinae
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Photo © Raymond A Watson,  Hollesley, Suffolk. Gen Det 4 August 2014

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Stigmella incognitella
Grey Apple Pigmy

(Herrich-Schäffer, 1855)78 / 4.053

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

Recent Status: A rare species for Suffolk.

Life Style: The moth is double brooded flying during May and August. The larvae mine leaves of Malus. They pupate in a light reddish brown cocoon on the leaf or the ground.

Identification: The moth has unicolorous, mid fuscous and scarcely metallic wings. The head tuft is orange ochre and the scape and collar paler. The moth can be identified by breeding out from a mine or by genitalia dissection.
The larva creates a narrow gallery from an ovum on the underside of a leaf near a vein. This has a narrow central frass line and becomes a small blotch as it ends. More Info

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Mine: Either the leaf or a good photograph required

Recorded in 6 (10%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1985.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Determination
Hollesley Suffolk. - Raymond A Watson
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
29/09/2021+26TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
26/09/2017125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
16/05/2017+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
09/08/2015125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
04/08/2014+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 5-6mm.
Flight: Two Generations. May and Aug.
Foodplant:   Apple.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Mine: L
 Immature Adult
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