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Stigmella aurella (Fabricius, 1775)

Golden Pigmy
4.0450 (B&F: 50)

Synonym(s):
Stigmella nitens (Fologne, 1862)
Stigmella fragariella (Heyden, 1862)
Stigmella gei (Wocke, 1871)


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Nepticuloidea
    »Family: Nepticulidae
      »Subfamily: Nepticulinae
        »Tribe: Nepticulini

Common

A resident species. Larval mines usually occur sparingly or fairly commonly in almost every habitat, but they are sometimes common in both vice-counties. Probably generally distributed. Triple brooded, flying mainly in April and May, sometimes in March, in July and August, and again in October. Larvae feed in the leaves of wild strawberry, agrimony, bramble, dewberry, water avens, and wood avens.

The latest authoritative work lists the forms nitens and gei as synonymous with Stigmella aurella.(Pratt, 2011)

Stigmella aurella (Fabricius, 1775)
Saltdean TQ 393 032, 26 ii 2014
Photo: Tim Wilton
Stigmella aurella (Fabricius, 1775)
Stigmella aurella f. nitens mine on Agrimony
The Mens, 16 x 2012
Photo: Tony Davis
Stigmella aurella (Fabricius, 1775)
recently vacated with purple tinge
Sidlesham, 19 xi 2011
Photo: Tony Davis
Stigmella aurella (Fabricius, 1775)
mine on bramble
Warnham LNR, 24 xii 2006
Photo: Sam Bayley

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

Phenology (larval)

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