Elachista albifrontella

    Alt Name
    White-headed Dwarf

    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.

    Identification difficulty

    Inhabits a range of grassland habitats.

    When to see it

    The adults fly in a single generation from late May to July.

    Life History

    During September until around May, the larva mines a blade of a variety of grasses, leading to a pale blotch, sometimes moving between blades.

    UK Status

    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.

    VC55 Status

    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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map