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Kent Moth Group


Stigmella betulicola

Common Birch Pigmy

Family: Nepticulidae

RES: 4.005 B&F: 110

Verification Grade (Mine):

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. 

Foodplant: Birch (Betula)

© Dave Shenton

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Distribution in Kent

The map below shows the distribution of records of Stigmella betulicola (Common Birch Pigmy) within Kent. Use the control below to show data for a certain time period. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Click here for more information on how to submit data.

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The graph below shows at which time of the year Stigmella betulicola (Common Birch Pigmy) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each period of the year, and use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

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Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records submitted Stigmella betulicola (Common Birch Pigmy) to the Kent database has varied since 1950. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each year, and use the control below to filter by a certain VC.

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