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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4 adult, 2 leaf-mine   See here for explanation

Flight time: Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 2-3mm.

Foodplant: Bramble and Dewberry.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded198119761975
Year last recorded198320001983
Number of records284
Number of individuals124
Unique positions263
Unique locations273
Adult records124
Immature records160

For the county, we have a total of 14 records from 12 sites. First recorded in 1975.


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Species Account

2013 (CHF): Many of these records may be unsafe as this species is not common in the county and the leaf mines are thought to be inseparable from those of Stigmella aurella - see comments under this species. For an accurate identification, adults should be bred out. Typical splendidissimella mines have the first centimetre and second half of the mine with frass occupying less than half the width. The mines generally begin with a bend. The track frequently crosses itself but less commonly crosses the midrib.

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