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38.037 ~ 0607 ~ Elachista canapennella
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and common throughout the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

Found in two widely separated sites in the county at Staylittle and Llanfyllin but likely to be more widespread than this.

Wingspan :   M & F, 8-10mm.

Confusion 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 (Bivoltine)


Grassland, heaths and bogs.



Lifestage data

Leaf miner. Eggs laid on the leaf blade. Larva forms broad, flat transparent mine. Pupates without a cocoon under a slight web on a leaf or stem.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 19th May 2010, Llanfyllin
Male, confirmed by gen.det.