The Moths of Suffolk
597 Elachista atricomella, Stainton, 1849

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Roadside verges, woodland edges and waste ground, wherever its foodplant occurs

Flight Period : Single-brooded, late May to September

Larval foodplants : Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), mining the leaves

Records : Elveden (H Beaumont & B Statham, 30.v.2003), Landguard (N Odin, 6.vi.2004), Ipswich (N Sherman, 5.ix.2004 & 7.ix.2004)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A common kind on the same food-plant (Dactylis). Aldeburgh after 1890 (Ctw); Monks Soham garden in June 1933, and Barnby Broad in August (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11-13mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultElachista poae
Elachista kilmunella
Elachista alpinella
Elachista pomerana
    Leaf-mineElachista luticomellaElachista albifrontella
Elachista nobilellaElachista apicipunctella
Elachista obliquellaElachista unifasciella
Elachista gangabellaCosmiotes freyerella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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Confirmed by dissection, Jon Clifton - Eye, Suffolk (4.v.2008) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Confirmed by Jon Clifton by dissection - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2011) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (14.viii.2013) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (28.v.2015) © Neil Sherman