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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3 adult, 2 leaf-mine   See here for explanation

Flight time:

Forewing: 2-3mm.

Foodplant: Elm spp.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20061883188320011883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records1120615525
Number of individuals18274150
Unique positions920575125
Unique locations920524822
Adult records00000
Immature records1119605424

For the county, we have a total of 172 records from 151 sites. First recorded in 1883.


04.043 Stigmella lemniscella 05 mine on elm
© Andy Nunn
04.043 Stigmella lemniscella 04 mine on elm
© Andy Nunn
04.043 Stigmella lemniscella 03 mine
© Dave Shenton
04.043 Stigmella lemniscella 02 mine on elm
© Derek Parkinson
04.043 Stigmella lemniscella 01
© Charlie Streets, 16 Apr 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded sparsely from all five vice-counties.

2013 (CHF):This is the commonest of the three Elm-feeding Stigmella species and is widespread wherever elm grows in the county. The mine often follows the leaf margin (hence the old name of marginicolella. The first section of the mine is almost entirely filled with frass. Frass in the later mine is often coiled. The larva is yellow and the exit slit is always on the upper surface of the leaf. In Stigmella ulmivora the early gallery contains linear frass, the larva is green and the exit is on the underside. Mines at times can be reminiscent of Stigmella viscerella but in these cases the early mine forms a coil rather than the typical "intestine-like" loops of viscerella

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