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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

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

Flight time:

Forewing: 2-3mm.

Foodplant: Buckthorn.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded185920102003
Year last recorded186820142003
Number of records2131
Number of individuals01280
Unique positions261
Unique locations291
Adult records100
Immature records1131

For the county, we have a total of 16 records from 12 sites. First recorded in 1859.


04.014 Stigmella catharticella 05 mine on purging buckthorn
© Andy Nunn
04.014 Stigmella catharticella 04 mine on buckthorn
© Andy Nunn
04.014 Stigmella catharticella 03 vacated mine
© Dave Shenton
04.014 Stigmella catharticella 02 mine
© Charles Fletcher, 24 Oct 2003
04.014 Stigmella catharticella 01 mine
© Charles Fletcher, 24 Oct 2003

Species Account

Most records are of leaf-mines.

Argus 47, 2001-04: The record below is the first in the county since the middle of the nineteenth century.
VC65. High Batts NR, mines on buckthorn, 25.10.2003, moth reared (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 60, 2010:
VC63. Auckley Common, mine on buckthorn 21.11.2010 (SRS). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2013 (CHF):Very local in the county, the larvae mining buckthorn Rhamnus cathartica. The only recent records are from the Doncaster and Ripon areas. The mine is unmistakeable, making several hairpin turns with the loops almost touching each other but with a bit of uneaten leaf between. The corridor then widens a little. The coiled frass is green when the mine is fresh and this can make it difficult to see. It turns browner as it ages.

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