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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4 adult, 3 leaf-mine   See here for explanation

Flight time:

Forewing: 2mm.

Foodplant: Elm sp.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded201020091883
Year last recorded201420091883
Number of records1411
Number of individuals11510
Unique positions1111
Unique locations1011
Adult records001
Immature records1410

For the county, we have a total of 16 records from 12 sites. First recorded in 1883.


04.019 Stigmella viscerella 05 mine on elm
© Andy Nunn
04.019 Stigmella viscerella 04 tenanted mine
© Dave Shenton
04.019 Stigmella viscerella 03 mine on Elm
© Dave Shenton
04.019 Stigmella viscerella 02 mine on Wych Elm
© Derek Parkinson
04.019 Stigmella viscerella 01 mine on Wych Elm
© Derek Parkinson

Species Account

Most records are of leaf-mines.

Argus 58, 2009: This is only the second county record, the last from VC65 prior to 1886.
VC64. Baildon, mine on elm 25.9.2009 (DP). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 60, 2010: Only the second recent county occurrence, following a record from VC64 in 2009.
VC63. Levels Lane plantation, mine on elm 6.11.2010 (SRS). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2013 (CHF): A rare species in the county and by far the rarest of the three elm-feeding Stigmella species. The mine is distinctive and rather compact. It starts as a strongly contorted gallery which zigzags backwards and forwards in "intestine-like" loops. This is unlike the early mine of Stigmella lemniscella which can be in concentric circles. The frass is reddish-brown and coiled in the central section, occupying the full width of the corridor. There may be more than one mine in a leaf.

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