Nepticulidae : Nepticulinae
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Photo © Patrick Clement,  To MV light, Kinver Edge, Staffordshire, 12th August 2016. Gen Det, male.

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Stigmella roborella
Common Oak Pigmy

(Johansson, 1971)86 / 4.063

Fairly common resident.

Mining the leaves of Quercus spp. with larva feeding in June/July and October/November, often in 'green islands'. In a gallery mine with linear frass which cannot always be reliably distinguished from that of S. atricapitella.

Mine: Moth needs to be reared and, in some cases, possibly dissected.

Recorded in 28 (20%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1976.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Wingspan: 5-6.5mm
Flight: Two generations, May / June and August
Foodplant:   Oak, Sweet Chestnut
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: -  Mine: R
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
14/10/20201VC37 - WorcestershireSO76 -
05/08/20201VC39 - StaffordshireSK00
21/05/20201VC36 - HerefordshireSO75
12/10/20191VC40 - ShropshireSO28 -
27/05/2019 to 02/06/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSK00
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