Elachista apicipunctella

Alternative names
Pearled Dwarf

Wingspan 10-11 mm. The adult moth can be identified by its white head and in particular the extra white subapical spot on the forewing beyond the costal and tornal spots.

Identification difficulty

Woodland clearings and well wooded areas.

When to see it

The adult moths emerge in a single generation from late April to June in the south and somewhat later in the north, from June to July. There may occasionally be the emergence of a second generation in the south.

Life History

The larvae of this species feed on various grasses, forming a mine within which the larva is able to overwinter.

UK Status

This moth is found throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Probably fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland, though not easily observed.

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

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