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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

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

Flight time:

Forewing: 2-3mm.

Foodplant: Bilberry.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1883188318831883
Year last recorded1883201318832004
Number of records13812
Number of individuals0000
Unique positions13212
Unique locations13512
Adult records1211
Immature records03601

For the county, we have a total of 42 records from 39 sites. First recorded in 1883.


04.036 Stigmella myrtillella 04 mine on bilberry
© Andy Nunn
04.036 Stigmella myrtillella 03 mine on bilberry
© Andy Nunn
04.036 Stigmella myrtillella 02 tenanted leaf mine
© Dave Shenton
04.036 Stigmella myrtillella 01 mine
© Charles Fletcher, 4 Sep 2004

Species Account

Most records are of leaf-mines.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Local and uncommon with no recent record.

2013 (CHF): Mines are locally common on bilberry, particularly in the south-west of the county. Unlikely to be confused with any other species.

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