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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

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

Flight time:

Forewing: 2-3mm.

Foodplant: Birch.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20121883198320012002
Year last recorded20142014201420142013
Number of records31449219
Number of individuals702730
Unique positions21440198
Unique locations21438188
Adult records00200
Immature records31347209

For the county, we have a total of 96 records from 80 sites. First recorded in 1883.


0116 Stigmella lapponica 05 adult (gen. det. H. E. Beaumont)
© Dave Williamson, 11 Apr 2014
0116 Stigmella lapponica 04 mine on birch
© Andy Nunn
0116 Stigmella lapponica 03 tenanted leaf mine
© Dave Shenton
0116 Stigmella lapponica 02 mine
© Charlie Streets, June 10th 2011.
0116 Stigmella lapponica 01 mine
© Charles Fletcher, 4 Oct 2001

Species Account

Most records are of leaf-mines.

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

2013 (CHF): This is one of the commonest birch-feeding Stigmella species and is widespread across the county. It is easy to identify, as the first third of the mine is completely filled with distinctly greenish frass. After a moult, this pattern changes abruptly to a narrow black line which may follow a thick vein over a long distance though veins may be crossed.

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