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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4 adult, 2 leaf-mine   See here for explanation

Flight time:

Forewing: 2-3mm.

Foodplant: Small-leaved Lime.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded2010197020032005
Year last recorded2011201420132005
Number of records41141
Number of individuals0410
Unique positions41041
Unique locations41121
Adult records0200
Immature records4941

For the county, we have a total of 20 records from 18 sites. First recorded in 1970.


04.004 Stigmella tiliae 04 mine on lime
© Andy Nunn
04.004 Stigmella tiliae 03 mine
© Dave Shenton
04.004 Stigmella tiliae 02 mine
© Charles Fletcher, 25 Oct 2003
04.004 Stigmella tiliae 01 leaf mine
© Charles Fletcher, 25 Oct 2003

Species Account

Most records are of leaf-mines.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Local and uncommon.

Argus 47, 2001-04:
VC64. Hackfall Woods, mines on lime 25.10.2003 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 50, 2005:
VC65. Magdalen Wood, mines on lime 10.9.2005 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 60, 2010:
VC62. Kirkdale and Riccal Dale, mines frequent on lime, 14.10.2010 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2013 (CHF): This species is still local in the county but can be common where it does occur. As the only lime-feeding Stigmella species it is easy to identify. The frass is very variable, usually in a narrow central line but sometimes widely dispersed or even coiled. It has been recorded from several species of lime but is commonest on native large-leaved or small-leaved lime in old woodland and is comparatively scarcer on planted "common" lime.

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