The Moths of Suffolk
608 Elachista rufocinerea, (Haworth, 1828)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Grassland, bogs and heaths

Flight Period : Single-brooded, late April to June

Larval foodplants : Creeping soft-grass (Holcus mollis), False Oat-grass (Arrhenatherum elatius), Tall Fescue (Festuca arundinacea) and Smaller Cat's-tail (Phleum bertolonii), mining the leaves

Records : Botany Bay (J Clifton, 6.v.2000), Ipswich Golf Course, 14.iv.2003, 28.iv.2005, 1.v.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : The larvae of this extremely profuse kind feed on the leaves of Holcus mollis. Ubiquitous in all pastures where Harker had found it at Hacheston. Blythbro and Bentley woods, Cransford, Weston and on the Gorleston palings; in Monks Soham paddock it flies in late April and the first half of May immediately before dusk in great numbers just over the grass-tops (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-11mm


Confusion species
    Leaf-mineElachista albifrontellaElachista nobilella
Elachista apicipunctellaElachista humilis
Elachista canapennellaElachista rufocinerea
Elachista bedellellaElachista gangabella
Elachista subalbidellaElachista bisulcella
Cosmiotes freyerellaCosmiotes stabilella

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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (15.iv.2011) © Neil Sherman
Daytime find - Dunwich, Suffolk (19.v.2015) © Paul Kitchener