The Moths of Suffolk
599 Elachista alpinella, Stainton, 1854

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Marshes and wet meadows

Flight Period : Single-brooded, late June to mid-September

Larval foodplants : various sedges (Carex), especially Greater Pond-sedge (Carex riparia), Lesser Pond-sedge (Carex acutiformis), Slender Tufted-sedge (Carex acuta) and Greater Tussock-sedge (Carex paniculata), mining the leaves

Records : Santon Downham (B Palmer, 1987-9), Great Cornard (S Read, 10.ix.2006), Ipswich (N Sherman, 8.ix.2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Suffolk is the north-east limit of this Carex-feeder's range. Found near Thetford (Revd. H. Williams of Croxton).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 9-13mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultElachista atricomella
Elachista kilmunella
Elachista humilis
    Leaf-mineElachista biatomellaElachista kilmunella
Elachista nobilellaElachista humilis
Elachista bisulcellaBiselachista cinereopunctella
Biselachista serricornisBiselachista eleochariella
Biselachista utonellaBiselachista albidella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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Confirmed by dissection. - Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2007) © Neil Sherman

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