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Elachista albidella
Cotton-grass Dwarf (Nylander, 1847)
630 / 38.046
Photo © JB Kemp,  South Uist 24/07/2013

Similar Norfolk Species
Bog Dwarf
Elachista utonella
Wingspan: 9-10mm.
Flight: June - Aug
Foodplant:   Common Cottongrass, various sedges.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
Norfolk Status
Whiter forewing than similar species, a small, nondescript moth, with an elongate dark brown spot.
Widespread on wet bogs and acid heaths.

Modern-day records confined to the Broads. Also taken at Roydon Common in west Norfolk in the 1990's.

Leaf-mine: April - May.
Gallery mine down leaf.

[MBGBI vol3 p404]

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 5 (7%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
26/08/2019128TL99 - Thompson/Gt.Hocking
24/07/2019127TG32 - Stalham/Catfield
24/06/2019127TG32 - Stalham/Catfield
02/08/2018127TG32 - Stalham/Catfield
18/06/2018127TG32 - Stalham/Catfield
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