Stigmella tityrella

    Alt Name
    Small Beech Pigmy
    Description

    Wingspan 5 to 6 mm. Another of the very similar Nepticulidae, which are best identified by the nature of the larval feeding pattern, usually creating diagnostically-shaped mines in leaves. This species feeds on beech (Fagus sylvatica), creating an S-shaped mine, usually within the confines of two veins.

    Photo ID?
    Habitat

    Areas where Beech is found.

    When to see it

    The adults fly in April and May, and again in July and August.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly common over much of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records, but this is probably due to the difficulties of identification in adults, and that fact that few people record leaf mines. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    4.034 BF77

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map