Gelechiidae : Dichomeridinae
Photo © Ken Saul,  leg. P Heath, Salhouse Broad 12/08/11

Dichomeris alacella
Lichen Sober

(Zeller, 1839)35.025/851
Norfolk status
Rare or possibly overlooked, one of several confusingly similar gelechiids that should be confirmed by dissection.

Dissection recommended if a moth is too worn to enable any/all of the critical features to be seen.

First modern day record of a single specimen recorded at Dersingham Bog in July 2011, followed by another specimen taken at Salhouse Broad in August that year.
Several confirmed specimens taken at Lynford in July 2012.

Two pre 1890 records.

Considered a declining species throughout the UK.

[MBGBI vol 4(2) p233]

Recorded in 12 (17%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2015.


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Dichomeris alachella (f), Bayfield, Norfolk leg. G Bond 23-07-12, Slide 1478 - J Clifton
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Date#VC10k Area
28/07/2015127TM49 - Geldeston/Haddiscoe
14/07/2015227TM49 - Geldeston/Haddiscoe
13/07/2015127TG04 - Blakeney/Cley
11/07/2015127TM39 - Loddon/Ditchingham
18/07/2014127TG13 - Baconsthorpe
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Wingspan: 13-14mm
Season: July-August
Foodplant:   lichens
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
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