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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.

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

Flight time:

Forewing: 2-3mm.

Foodplant: Hawthorn.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19942005198519842002
Year last recorded20142014201420142013
Number of records18287110851
Number of individuals1904940
Unique positions16286310850
Unique locations16266410248
Adult records00300
Immature records18286710751

For the county, we have a total of 276 records from 256 sites. First recorded in 1984.


04.030 Stigmella hybnerella 03 mine on Hawthorn
© Andrew Rhodes
04.030 Stigmella hybnerella 02 mine on hawthorn
© Andy Nunn
04.030 Stigmella hybnerella 01 mine
© Charlie Streets, 17 Jun 2009

Species Account

Most records are of leaf-mines.

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

2013 (CHF): Widespread and common across the county. Like all species mining hawthorn leaves, care must be taken in identification as not all mines are typical and it can be mistaken for several other species. The egg can be laid anywhere on the leaf, either upper or lower sides. The mine starts with a slender corridor with relatively broad continuous frass leaving a clear margin at either side. The corridor then winds freely through the leaf before changing abruptly, often with a change in direction and widens into a blotch that mostly lies along the leaf margin. The larva is colourless to pale green.

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