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0081 ~ Stigmella hemargyrella
UK Status

Resident. Locally common throughout the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

First recorded in 2013 at Commins Coch in the west of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F 5-6mm.

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 in the foodplant.
Flight time & Voltinity (Bivoltine.)

Habitat

Wherever the foodplant is found.

Foodplant

Beech.

Lifestage data

Leaf miner. Eggs laid on either side of leaf. Larva produces a slender gallery with linear frass, but the frass becomes coiled after the first moult more irregular later on. Pupates in a pale yellow cocoon.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 1st Nov 2013, Commins Coch
Leaf mine on Beech