Agriphila selasella

Alternative names
Pale-streak Grass-veneer

Wingspan around 26 mm. Although superficially resembling Agriphila tristella, this species has the forewing tip more squared, a much reduced facial cone and a whiter longitudinal streak which doesn't have quite such obvious 'fingers' at the rear.

Identification difficulty

Often associated with coastal habitats, though not exclusively.

When to see it

The flight period is July and August.

Life History

The larvae feed in a silken gallery on grasses, including Common Saltmarsh-grass and Sheep's-fescue.

UK Status

It is a local species, occurring in England, Wales, southern Scotland and Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

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