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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

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

Flight time:

Forewing: 2-3mm.

Foodplant: Oak.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1989
Year last recorded2012
Number of records12
Number of individuals5
Unique positions12
Unique locations12
Adult records1
Immature records11

For the county, we have a total of 12 records from 12 sites. First recorded in 1989.


04.061 Stigmella atricapitella 04 gen. det.
© Aidan Smith
04.061 Stigmella atricapitella 03 mine on pedunculate oak
© Andy Nunn
04.061 Stigmella atricapitella 02 larva close up
© Dave Shenton
04.061 Stigmella atricapitella 01 mine
© Charlie Streets, 9 Oct 2010

Species Account

Most records are of leaf-mines.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Old records of the atricapitellla group of species are unacceptable due to confusion with allied species (Emmet, MBGBI 1). The present species is probably widespread but at present there are confirmed records only from vice-counties 63 and 64.

2013 (CHF): Mines of the oak-feeding Stigmella species (with the exception of basiguttella are not safely separated without breeding the adults. Some of the dots on the map are unconfirmed but this species is probably more widespread in the county than records suggest. The egg can be laid on either side of the leaf and is usually well away from the leaf margin. The mine is a short, rather broad and quite tortuous corridor. In the first half the frass forms a very narrow central line; in the second half the frass is dispersed more widely, but never filling more than one third of the width of the gallery.

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