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38.015 ~ 0620 ~ Elachista gangabella
UK Status

Resident. Fairly widespread in England and parts of Wales.

Montgomeryshire Status

First recorded in 2013 at Middletown in the east of the county. A scarce species, this was only the third record for north Wales.

Wingspan :   M & F 9-10mm.

Confusion species

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


Shady woodland.


False brome, cock's-foot and soft grass.

Lifestage data

Leaf miner. Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva mines downwards in a long, slender irregular gallery with a central tube to retreat to, overwintering as a fully fed larva. Pupates on dead vegetation on the ground.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by DB, 25th June 2013, Middletown