Stigmella continuella
Stigmella continuella
Mine in Betula • North Dean, W.Yorks. • © Ian Kimber

4.044 BF64

Stigmella continuella

(Stainton, 1856)

Wingspan 4-5 mm.

Occurring in southern and north-west England, the foodplant of this species is birch (Betula). The larvae create a distinctive mine which starts off with a brownish blotch and then becomes a gallery completely filled with greenish-brown frass.

The adult moth has dark wings with a silvery fascia, orange head and white eyecaps.

The mines can be found in June and July, and occasionally in September. The adults are on the wing in May and August.
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