Nepticulidae : Nepticulinae
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Photo © Raymond A Watson,  Tangham Forest 25 May 2019 gen det

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Stigmella atricapitella
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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

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 29 (50%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1990.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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Hollesley Suffolk. - Raymond A Watson
Tangham Forest Suffolk - Raymond A Watson
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/10/2020226TL83 - Worhouse Green
04/10/2020+26TM04 - Hadleigh
20/09/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
15/09/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
12/09/2020+25TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: c.5-7 mm.
Flight: April to September.
Foodplant:   Oak, Sweet Chestnut.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Mine: A
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