0116 (ABH4.002) Stigmella lapponica, (Wocke, 1862)


Leaf mine on Silver Birch
Leaf mine on Silver Birch
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Leaf mine on Silver Birch
 Photo © Barry Dickerson

General Information

This moth is coarsely-scaled with a dull greyish-brown forewing and an indistinct creamy fascia.


The larvae produce a narrow angular gallery, which initially has green frass but which abruptly changes to black with clear margins.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.

Wingspan: 5-7 mm.
Foodplant(s): birches (Betula spp.)
Flying: One generation, May
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Regional Information

Recorded in 35 (13%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in July 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 28 April to 21 June

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 01 June to 21 November

Similar Species

Larva Type:
White, Green, Brown