Nepticulidae : Nepticulinae
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Immature stages

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Stigmella malella
Apple Pigmy

(Stainton, 1854)97 / 4.013

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

Recent Status: Widely distributed but not common.

Life Style: A double brooded species flying in April, May and August. The larvae mine leaves of Malus. They pupate in a light brown cocoon on the ground.

Identification: The moth is coarsely scaled brownish fuscous slightly darker towards the tip with a shining white fascia. The head tuft is ochreous and the scape and collar whitish. The moth can be identified by breeding out from a mine or by genitalia dissection. More Info
The larva creates a gallery that gradually increases in width from an ovum on the underside of the leaf. The frass line is narrow and central and may be broken as the mine widens. More Info

Mine: Either the leaf or a good photograph required

Recorded in 32 (55%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1988.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
28/06/2020125TM39 - Outney/Shipmeadow
15/09/2018125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
22/10/2017+25TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
22/10/2017+25TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
08/10/2017+26TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 4-5mm.
Flight: Two Generations. May and Aug.
Foodplant:   Apple.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: -  Mine: L
 Immature Adult
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