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0597 ~ Elachista atricomella
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and often common throughout much of the British isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

Recorded from a few scattered sites.

Wingspan :   M & F, 11-13mm.

Confusion species


Many species of Elachista are extremely similar, great care should be given when separating these species. It is often impossible to separate the adults of some species. In some cases differences can be seen in various life stages.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine.)

Habitat

Wherever foodplant is found.

Foodplant

Cock's-foot.

Lifestage data

Leaf miner. Eggs laid near tip of developing leaf. Larva mines a long white gallery filled centrally with frass, it later rolls the leaf and feeds within. Pupates in concealed areas of stem bases.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by DB, 23rd July 2012, Middletown