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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

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

Flight time:

Forewing: 3mm.

Foodplant: Rowan.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20041860198319841883
Year last recorded20122014201120132011
Number of records3628214
Number of individuals10330
Unique positions3623134
Unique locations2624144
Adult records00110
Immature records3527193

For the county, we have a total of 62 records from 50 sites. First recorded in 1860.


04.041 Stigmella sorbi 02 mine on Rowan
© Terry Box, 14 Jun 2011
04.041 Stigmella sorbi 01
© Charlie Streets, 9 Apr 2011

Species Account

Most records are of leaf-mines.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Thinly but quite widely recorded in all vice-counties except VC61. This species was described from moths reared at Scarborough by T. Wilkinson in 1860 (Stainton, 1861).

Argus 66, 2012:
VC61. Skipwith Common, mines on rowan 13.9.2012 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2013 (CHF):Most of our records are from upland areas where the larvae mine leaves of rowan. The mine is distinctive and begins as a very slender winding corridor of 15-20 mm, the second part of which is almost stuffed with frass. The corridor then abruptly widens into a blotch with dispersed frass; in large leaves this blotch is almost circular. The midrib is not usually crossed, but the mine can occupy the major part of a leaflet. There are often several mines in a leaf. Occasionally other species of Sorbus are used as a food plant.

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