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0609 ~ Elachista maculicerusella
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and common throughout England and Wales and as far north as the southern highlands of Scotland.

Montgomeryshire Status

Discovered in the west of the county at the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve in 2013. This was only the seventh record for north Wales.

Wingspan :   M & F 10-12mm.

Confusion species

Many species of Elachista are extremely similar, great care should be given when separating these species. 
Flight time & Voltinity (Bivoltine.)


Fens, marshes and other wet places.



Lifestage data

Leaf miner. Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva mines downwards from the tip of the leaf, forming a large whitish-green blotch. Pupates without a cocoon on the same leaf as the mine, anchored to the leaf by a silken girdle.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MW, 3rd Aug 2013, Cors Dyfi