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Opostega salaciella
Sorrel Bent-wing (Treitschke, 1833)
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Photo © Trevor And Dilys Pendleton

Similar Norfolk Species
Fen Bent-wing
Pseudopostega auritella
Mint Bent-wing
Pseudopostega crepusculella
Wingspan: c.10 mm.
Flight: June and July.
Foodplant:   Sheep's Sorrel.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk Status
The only all-white member of a small family of three species in Britain. All pale coloured with few markings.
Distinctive very large eyecaps.

Early stages unknown. (suspected foodplant, sheep's sorrel)

Records at Dersingham bog NNR.

Verification Grade Comment: Confusion with Elachista argentella

Recorded in 33 (48%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/07/2021127TG20 - Norwich
18/07/2021128TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
18/07/2021+27TG14 - Sheringham
09/07/2021128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
03/07/2021127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
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