Lep:Nepticulidae
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4.061 Stigmella atricapitella (Haworth, 1828)
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the larva has dark prothoracic sclerites

Food Plant: Quercus (Oak)

Egg: Underside of leaf

Mine: June - July, September - November

Notes: First generation, short gallery, frass in thick line. Second generation, longer gallery, frass in narrower line. The larva is a whitish-yellow and has dark prothoracic sclerites (as shown - which help distinguish it from S.roborella, with a pale head only). The mine shown is on Quercus frainetto (Hungarian Oak).

National Status: Common

Bradley No: 83

Data: 10.x.2004, Bookham Common, Surrey, VC17, John Langmaid

Image:© Ian Thirlwell

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