The Moths of Suffolk
622 Elachista adscitella, Stainton, 1851

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Scarce resident (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Sheltered woodland glades

Flight Period : Double-brooded, late May to mid-July and August. Mining the leaves

Larval foodplants : Tufted Hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa) or Blue Moor-grass (Sesleria caerulea). On the continent also on False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum), meadow-grass (Poa), Wood Fescue (Festuca altissima), Giant Fescue (Festuca gigantea) and Wood Millet (Milium effusum). Mining the leaves

Records : Wolves Wood (31.v.2014, SMG)

Wingspan details : Wingspan 9-11mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultElachista obliquella
Elachista cingillella
Elachista unifasciella
Elachista gangabella
Elachista bisulcella
    Leaf-mineElachista luticomellaElachista albifrontella
Elachista nobilellaElachista humilis
Elachista triatomeaElachista collitella
Elachista subocelleaElachista bedellella
Elachista obliquellaElachista cingillella
Elachista unifasciellaElachista gangabella
Elachista subalbidellaElachista adscitella
Elachista bisulcellaBiselachista cinereopunctella
Cosmiotes freyerellaCosmiotes consortella
Cosmiotes stabilella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Leaf-mine

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Wolves wood, Suffolk (31.v.2014) © Neil Sherman

Life history chart
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