Stigmella betulicola

Birch Dot


Species Codes

B&F 110 RES 4.005

Other Names

Common Birch Pigmy

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Species Account

Sparsely distributed, uncommon resident.  Larva feeds on Birch (Betula) in July and again from September to November, creating distinctive linear galleries. Mines are long and contorted with dark frass throughout with narrow clear, frass-free margins. There are often multiple mines on a single leaf.

Adults are difficult to distinguish from other species in this family. 


Birch (Betula)

Record Verification

Grade L records of leafmines will require either the leaf or a good photograph.

Distribution Map

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Reporting Rate

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