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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

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

Flight time:

Forewing: 2mm.

Foodplant: Hawthorn.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20112010198520022004
Year last recorded20142013201420112011
Number of records359884
Number of individuals602100
Unique positions358484
Unique locations358784
Adult records00100
Immature records359684

For the county, we have a total of 118 records from 107 sites. First recorded in 1985.


0108 Stigmella crataegella 01 tenanted leaf mine
© Dave Shenton

Species Account

Most records are of leaf-mines.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and common, recorded from all five vice-counties.

2013 (CHF): This species is probably common across the county where the larvae mine hawthorn, though like many hawthorn-feeders it can be tricky to identify. Mines are similar to Stigmella oxyacanthella though this species mines in September and October when mines of crataegella are vacated. It can also be mistaken for Stigmella perpygmaella which can have a section of coiled frass in the mid part of the mine. The egg is underside, often close to a vein and sometimes on the petiole. In the early corridor the frass is in a central line but then becomes coiled. The mine turns in a series of hairpin bends with the loops very close together, often forming a secondary blotch. The mine sometimes crosses lateral veins. The larvae is bright green - similar to oxyacanthella.

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