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Stigmella salicis
Sallow Pigmy (Stainton, 1854)
Nepticulidae: Nepticulinae
68 / 4.035
Photo © Jim Swalwell,  10/09/2017 - Titchwell RSPB

Similar Norfolk Species
Willow Pigmy
Stigmella obliquella
Wingspan: 4-6 mm.
Flight: April and May and again in July and August
Foodplant:   Sallow.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: -  Mine: L
Norfolk Status
Coarsely scaled, purplish forewings an irregular yellowish fascia.

Leaf-mine June-July. Sept-Nov.
Variable mine, both highly contorted and parallel gallery often creating a false blotch.

DNA barcoding has revealed a species complex with two occurring in the UK. (Nieukerken, Mutanen and Doorenweerd 2012) The authors indicate that more research needs to be done on this complex.

When recording mines, please note the egg position (upper or lower surface of the leaf) for future reference.

Verification Grade Comment: Egg position required (upper or lower surface of the leaf)

Mine: Either the leaf or a good photograph required

Recorded in 47 (68%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
22/10/2020+27TG31 - Horning/Hoveton
17/10/2020127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
15/10/2020128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
09/10/2020+28TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
17/09/2020128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
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