Stigmella semiatella - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth


Las Descargues, 23 July 2010
Stigmella semiatella Adult


© Robin Howard

Stigmella semiatella (Zeller, 1839)

Wingspan: 5-7mm

A bivoltine species flying in June and July and again in August and September. It is scarce visitor to light but has been recorded from the lights at Las Descargues. A species of mixed broadleaved woodland with oak and sweet chestnut present, a common habitat of the Fournanty here at Las Descargues.

Larvae produce complex, sinuous, frass-filled mines in the leaves of Quercus spp. and Castanea sativa. Feeding takes place from mid-June to mid-July and again from mid-September to mid-October.