Gelechiidae : Dichomeridinae
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Dichomeris alacella
Lichen Crest

(Zeller, 1839)851 / 35.025
Norfolk status
Widespread and increasingly recorded in Norfolk in recent years.

Nationally Scarce, one of several confusingly similar gelechiids.

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 29 (39%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2022.
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Dichomeris alachella (f), Bayfield, Norfolk leg. G Bond 23-07-12, Slide 1478 - J Clifton
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
01/08/2022127TM49 - Geldeston/Haddiscoe
26/07/2022128TF90 - Watton/Shipdham
24/07/2022128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
23/07/2022128TF72 - Hillington/Houghton
21/07/2022128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
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Wingspan: 13-14mm
Flight: July-August
Foodplant:   lichens
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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