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Ectoedemia argyropeza
Virgin Pigmy

(Zeller, 1839)23 / 4.085

Common resident in moist ancient woodlands with aspen.

Mines leaves of Populus tremulus and occasionally other Populus spp. with larva feeding from September to November. Mines at first in the petiole, later making a blotch in the base of the leaf, which is visible as a 'green island' in the yellow leaf after it has fallen. A parthenogenetic species in our area.

Recorded in 37 (26%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1877.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Wingspan: c. 7mm
Flight: May /June
Foodplant:   Aspen
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: -  Mine: A
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
10/11/2019+VC40 - ShropshireSJ70 -
28/10/20181VC37 - WorcestershireSO66 -
19/10/20183VC39 - StaffordshireSJ90 -
30/10/201720VC37 - WorcestershireSO97 -
22/10/201715VC37 - WorcestershireSP07 -
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