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0065 ~ Stigmella speciosa
UK Status

Resident. First discovered in Hampshire in 1914, since then it has been slowly extending its range north and west.

Montgomeryshire Status

Discovered in the east of the county in 2011, this species will probably extend its range further west in the next few years.

Wingspan :   M & F, 4-5mm.

Confusion species


Many species of Stigmella are very similar. One of the best ways of separating them is to examine the type of leaf-mine.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine+)

Habitat

Wherever the foodplant is found.

Foodplant

Sycamore.

Lifestage data

Leaf miner. Eggs laid on underside of leaf. Larva forms a long contorted gallery which becomes a broad blotch. Pupates in a yellowish brown cocoon.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by DB, 18th July 2011, Middletown