Nepticulidae : Nepticulinae
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Photo © Raymond A Watson,  Hollesley, Suffolk. Gen Det 27 April 2014

Immature stages

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Stigmella atricapitella
Black-headed Pigmy
Stigmella roborella
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Stigmella samiatella
Chestnut Pigmy

(Zeller, 1839)88 / 4.062

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

Recent Status: The species is well recorded in lighter land areas of Suffolk.

Life Style: The moth is double brooded flying in April, May, June, August and September and comes to light. The larvae mine leaves of Quercus and Castanea.

Identification: The moth is a dark bronze fuscous with a purple sheen particularly at the tip. The head tuft is black and the scape and collar are white. Genitalia dissection is required for identification. More Info
The larva creates a gallery from an ovum on the underside of a leaf. The mine is broad with a central line of dispersed frass. It is very similar to the mine of S. svenssoni, but that species rarely uses Castanea.

Verification Grade Comment: If on sweet chestnut otherwise needs breeding out and dissecting

Recorded in 28 (48%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1990.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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Hollesley Suffolk. - Raymond A Watson
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/09/2020+25TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
08/09/2020+25TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
23/07/2020125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
21/07/2020225TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
31/05/2019+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Wingspan: c.5-7 mm.
Flight: April to September.
Foodplant:   Oak, Sweet Chestnut.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: -  Mine: A
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