Wingspan about 10 mm. Named after the noticeably whitish forehead, the most likely confusion species is E. apicipunctella, which however has an additional white spot in the apical area of the forewing.
There are other very similar species in this genus which means that detailed examination of an actual specimen is generally needed to identify the exact species. A red box around the image indicates that we think it is likely to be this species but can't be 100% certain.
Inhabits a range of grassland habitats.
The adults fly in a single generation from late May to July.
During September until around May, the larva mines a blade of a variety of grasses, leading to a pale blotch, sometimes moving between blades.
This is a quite common species throughout most of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015