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Dichomeris alacella
Lichen Crest (Zeller, 1839)
Gelechiidae: Dichomeridinae
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Photo © Jim Swalwell,  Dersingham Bog 15/7/11

Similar Norfolk Species: None
Wingspan: 13-14mm
Flight: July-August
Foodplant:   lichens
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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]

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 21 (30%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
06/08/2019128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
25/07/2019128TM08 - Banham/Lopham
24/07/2019128TF62 - King's Lynn/Dersingham
24/07/2019128TM08 - Banham/Lopham
24/07/2019128TM09 - Attleborough
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