The Moths of Suffolk
609 Elachista maculicerusella, Bruand, 1859

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Fens, marshes and water margins

Flight Period : Double-brooded, May to mid-June and July to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Common Reed (Phragmites australis) and Reed Canary-grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Often in profusion among reeds. Belstead (Pyett) Lowestoft (Bd); Thetford (Williams). Breydon marshes at Burgh Castle in 1935 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-12mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBiselachista scirpi
Biselachista utonella
Biselachista albidella

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Eye, Suffolk (22.iv.2007) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire (4.vii.2008) © Stuart Read