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Summary Data


Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

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

Flight time:

Forewing: 3mm.

Foodplant: Bramble.

Regional breakdown:

 VC61VC62VC63VC64VC65
Year first recorded19041859188319871883
Year last recorded20142014201520142013
Number of records869153620560
Number of individuals18373244507
Unique positions568329219157
Unique locations497833617447
Adult records87630
Immature records768250819154

For the county, we have a total of 978 records from 684 sites. First recorded in 1859.
 

Photos


0050 Stigmella aurella 06 ex mine on wood avens
© Andy Nunn
0050 Stigmella aurella 05 mines on bramble
© Andy Nunn
0050 Stigmella aurella 04 larva in mine
© Dave Shenton
0050 Stigmella aurella 03 tenanted mine
© Dave Shenton
0050 Stigmella aurella 02
© Charlie Streets. Mar.11th 09.
0050 Stigmella aurella 01 mine
© Charles Fletcher 28 Oct 2004

Species Account


Most records are of leaf-mines.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and usually common in all five vice-counties.

2013 (CHF): A common widespread species across the county where the mines on bramble are a familiar site. The main identification problem is to separate this species from the much rarer Stigmella spendidissimella. There is no single feature which is reliable to separate these two and for a positive identification the adult should be bred out. Records of mines are mapped here as aurella as this is by far the commoner species and the vast majority of these will be correct. A typical aurella mine has frass occupying more than half the width in the second half of the mine, does not cross its own track but often crosses the midrib. The larvae may remain active in the mine in winter so tenanted mines after October are always aurella as larvae of splendidissimella do not overwinter.
 

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