The Moths of Suffolk
84 Stigmella ruficapitella, (Haworth, 1828)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Where the foodplant occurs

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to June and July to August

Larval foodplants : Oak (Quercus), mining the leaves

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not listed

Wingspan details : Wingspan 4.5-5.75mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultStigmella incognitellaStigmella perpygmaeella
Stigmella paradoxaStigmella atricapitella
Stigmella suberivoraStigmella svenssoni
    Leaf-mineEctoedemia quinquellaStigmella atricapitella
Stigmella roborellaStigmella svenssoni
Stigmella samiatellaStigmella basiguttella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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Gen.det. Jon Clifton - Eye, Suffolk (31.viii.2008) © Paul Kitchener

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Leafmine on oak - Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (23.x.2006) © A Prichard

Leaf-mine occurrence
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V V B B

Life history chart
JFMAMJJASOND
pupa pupa pupa pupa ovaimago ovalarvapupa ovapupaimago ovalarva larva pupa pupa pupa

Further Photographs

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Leafmine on oak - Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (23.x.2006) © A Prichard