The Moths of Suffolk
601 Elachista albifrontella, (Hübner, 1817)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Grassland, meadows, woodland and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded, June to mid-July

Larval foodplants : Various grasses, especially Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), Yorkshire-fog (Holcus lanata), Creeping Soft-grass (Holcus mollis), and Tufted Hair-grass(Deschampsia cespitosa), mining the leaves

Records : Santon Downham (B Palmer, 1987-9), Eye (P Kitchener, 6.vii.2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Common on the leaves of various grasses. Flew to Monks Soham light in July 1933, and was beaten from bushes at Eriswell in late June 1914 (Mly). Hemley in 1932 (Whit.).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 8-9mm


Confusion species
    AdultElachista poaeElachista atricomella
Elachista kilmunellaElachista eskoi
Elachista albifrontellaElachista subnigrella
Elachista pomeranaElachista humilis
    Leaf-mineElachista atricomellaElachista luticomella
Elachista nobilellaElachista apicipunctella
Elachista humilisElachista rufocinerea
Elachista obliquellaElachista unifasciella
Elachista gangabellaElachista adscitella
Elachista bisulcellaBiselachista cinereopunctella
Cosmiotes freyerellaCosmiotes stabilella

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