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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

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

Flight time:

Forewing: 2-3mm.

Foodplant: Sallows.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19601859188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142013
Number of records1935985325
Number of individuals234220132
Unique positions1334845223
Unique locations1032844923
Adult records30202
Immature records1633954921

For the county, we have a total of 230 records from 198 sites. First recorded in 1859.


04.035 Stigmella salicis 03 mine on goat willow
© Andy Nunn
04.035 Stigmella salicis 02 tenanted leaf mine
© Dave Shenton
04.035 Stigmella salicis 01 mines
© Charlie Streets, 3 Nov 2010

Species Account

Most records are of leaf-mines.

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

2013 (CHF): Mines are common throughout the county on Sallows (ie Salix caprea and cinerea). The egg is laid on the underside of the leaf. A contorted gallery then leads to a blotch which is small in relation to the side of the leaf. The situation however might not be quite a simple as this as other species of Salix may be mined and some mines have an upperside egg - this may yet prove to be a separate species.

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