|0065 ~ Stigmella speciosa|
Resident. First discovered in Hampshire in 1914, since then it has been slowly extending its range north and west.
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.
Many species of Stigmella are very similar. One of the best ways of separating them is to examine the type of leaf-mine.
time & Voltinity (Univoltine+)
Wherever the foodplant is found.
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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Photo by DB, 18th July 2011, Middletown