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4.045 ~ 0050 ~ Stigmella aurella ~ Golden Pigmy
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and abundant throughout England and Wales, less common in Scotland.

Montgomeryshire Status

Common, found throughout the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 6-7mm.

Confusion species

Many species of Stigmella are similar. A good way of separating them is to examine the type of leaf-mine in the foodplant.
Flight time & Voltinity (Continuous?)


Wherever the foodplant grows.



Lifestage data

Leaf miner. Eggs laid on either side of the leaf. Larva forms a long gallery which gradually widens. (Mines of some species are similar, care is required with identification).
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 14th Jan 2010, Commins Coch
Pic shows an old mine in bramble.

Photo by DB, 18th Sept 2011, Middletown