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


Las Descargues, 27 August 2010
Stigmella betulicola Adult


© Robin Howard

Stigmella betulicola (Stainton, 1856)

Wingspan: 4-5mm

A bivoltine species on the wing in May and June and again in August and early September when it is an occasional visitor to the lights of Las Descargues and those on the margins of the birch stand on the plateau.

A contorted gallery mine is formed, initially on the underside of birch leaves but later always on the top surface. Exit holes or always on the underside.