The Moths of Suffolk
610 Elachista argentella, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Grassland and saltmarsh

Flight Period : Single-brooded, May to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Various grasses

Morley's Final Catalogue : As E. cygnipennella - Common on grasses everywhere in May and July. Noted at Bentley Woods, Ipswich, Hemley salterns, Aldeburgh, Dunwich, Southwold, Belton, Bradwell, on Gorleston palings; Tuddenham and Brandon. Especially common, sitting on grasses, in Monks Soham paddock on 11 June 1932. As E. argentella - Abundant in the Southwold salt-marshes on 1 June 1905, named by Barrett; and taken in Monks Soham lanes in early June 1917, named by South (Mly).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11-12mm


Confusion species
    AdultMendesia farinella

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2008) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Ipswich, Suffolk (16.v.2016) © Paul Kitchener