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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade G Adult, 2 Leaf-mine.   See here for explanation

Flight time:

Forewing: 2-3mm.

Foodplant: Cultivated and Wild Roses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20121883188320011883
Year last recorded20142014201420142013
Number of records2027853918
Number of individuals314113340
Unique positions1727643718
Unique locations1525653718
Adult records00100
Immature records2025723716

For the county, we have a total of 189 records from 160 sites. First recorded in 1883.


04.015 Stigmella anomalella 05 mine on dog rose
© Andy Nunn
04.015 Stigmella anomalella 04 tenanted leaf mines
© Dave Shenton
04.015 Stigmella anomalella 03
© Derek Parkinson
04.015 Stigmella anomalella 02 cocoon on Dog-rose leaf
© Derek Parkinson
04.015 Stigmella anomalella 01 mine
© Charles Fletcher, 6 Oct 2001

Species Account

Most records are of leaf-mines.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and common among rose but not yet recorded from VC61.

Argus 66, 2012: A common and widespread moth, now recorded from all five vice-counties.
VC61. Skipwith Common, mines on rose 13.9.2012 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2013 (CHF): Mines typical of this species are common all across the county on various species of rose. There is currently some controversy how reliable these records are, as there is some crossover of features between this species and Stigmella centifoliella, but this is by far the commoner of the two species in the county and typical mines are almost certain to be this species. A typical mine is a clear corridor, often with a hairpin turn, the section before the turn often following the leaf margin. The first section of the mine is entirely filled with greyish green frass which then abruptly changes to more variable black frass which is sometimes coiled and always leaves a clear zone at either side.

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