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Elachista albifrontella
White-headed Dwarf (Hübner, 1817)
Elachistidae
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Photo © Peter Buchner - Lepiforum

Similar Norfolk Species
Yellow-headed Dwarf
Elachista luticomella
Pearled Dwarf
Elachista apicipunctella
Wingspan: 8-9mm
Season: June - July
Foodplant:   Cock's-foot, Yorkshire Fog, Creeping soft-grass, Tufted hair-grass
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
Diagnostic clear white head and neck-tufts.
Common species in wide range of grassland habitats.

Leaf-mine: Sept - May.
The larva mines from the grass tip downwards, a whitish blotch is formed with characteristic narrow streaks of frass.

[MBGBI vol3 p374]

Recorded in 23 (33%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/07/2019+27TG23 - N.Walsham/Roughton
23/07/2019128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
20/06/2019128TF82 - Sculthorpe/Raynham
15/06/2019128TL78 - Hockwold/Weeting
01/06/2019127TG21 - N.Norwich/Spixworth
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