Stigmella suberivora
Stigmella suberivora
Adult • Devon, reared from mine • © Phil Barden

4.057 BF85

Stigmella suberivora

(Stainton, 1869)

Wingspan c. 6mm.

A bivoltine species with larvae mining leaves of Evergreen Oak (Quercus ilex) during mid-summer and again during the winter-spring period.

It is found mainly in southern England but apparently rather local.

The eggs are laid on the upper surface of the leaves, and the yellow larva creates a fairly broad mine almost filled with frass.

The adults are dark grey/blackish with a faint purplish tinge and a yellow head.

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