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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Very rare and very local. No recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time:

Forewing: 2-3mm.

Foodplant: Hawthorn.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18682014
Year last recorded18832014
Number of records21
Number of individuals01
Unique positions21
Unique locations21
Adult records20
Immature records01

For the county, we have a total of 3 records from 3 sites. First recorded in 1868.


0107 Stigmella regiella 02 mine on hawthorn
© Andy Nunn
0107 Stigmella regiella 01 tenanted mine
© Dave Shenton

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989:
VC62. Scarborough by TW; York (Porritt, 1883-86).

2013 (CHF): We still only have two historical records in the county as noted in Porritt, though this species may still lurk undetected somewhere in Yorkshire. The mines on hawthorn can be mistaken for other species and some claims have turned out to be atypical Stigmella hybnerella which can occasionally have reddish frass in the early part of the mine. Typical regiella mines start from an underside egg, usually close to the leaf margin and sometimes on the petiole. The early gallery usually closely follows the leaf margin and the frass is reddish brown and coiled, filling the mine. In the final instar, the mine turns abruptly in the opposite direction with a thin line of blackish, dispersed or coiled frass, making an elongated blotch. The earlier mine may become taken over by the blotch. Mines are said to be present in shady areas in woodland.

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