Nepticulidae

0098 (ABH4.014) Stigmella catharticella, (Stainton, 1853)

KR00109

Leaf mine on Buckthorn
Leaf mine on Buckthorn
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Leaf mine on Buckthorn
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Leaf mine on Buckthorn
Leaf mine on Buckthorn
 Photo © Barry Dickerson


General Information

The forewing of this moth is brown with a small whitish spot at the tornus.

 

The larvae produce a long straight slender gallery which follow a series of 'S' turns. Frass and larva match the colour of leaf and tenanted mines can be hard to find.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.

Wingspan: 5-6mm.
Foodplant(s): Purging Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Flying: Two generations, May-June and July-September
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Regional Information

Recorded in 85 (31.5%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in November 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 01 July to 12 July

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 30 June to 24 November

Similar Species
Leaf mine on St John's Wort
Leaf mine on St John's Wort
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Leaf mine on Hawthorn
Leaf mine on Hawthorn
 Photo © Barry Dickerson


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Colours:
Yellow, Green, Brown