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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: 2mm.

Foodplant: Birch.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20041883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142011
Number of records62253227
Number of individuals7319710
Unique positions52245227
Unique locations42146227
Adult records00000
Immature records62052205

For the county, we have a total of 110 records from 100 sites. First recorded in 1883.


0112 Stigmella luteella 02 mine on birch
© Andy Nunn
0112 Stigmella luteella 01 mine
© Charlie Streets, Oct.13th 09.

Species Account

Most records are of leaf-mines.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded fairly commonly from all vice-counties.

2013 (CHF): This is a common species across the county, the larvae mining leaves of birch. The early gallery is strongly contorted and coils closely around the egg. The later part is much straighter and often follows a vein. The frass occupies one third to one half the width of the gallery. The mine differs from the much less common Stigmella betulicola in that the sides of the corridor are irregularly scalloped out and there is usually no more than one mine per leaf. Mines are often found quite late in the year and can occupy green "islands" in the leaf.

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