Elachista argentella

    Alternative names
    Swan-feather Dwarf

    Wingspan 11 to 12 mm. This is a small, all-white species.

    Identification difficulty

    It occurs in grassy habitats, flower meadows etc.

    When to see it

    The adults are on the wing mostly in June and July, and fly from evening onwards, being attracted to light after darkness. They can be disturbed from grassland during the day.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on a number of different species of grass, mining the leaves.

    UK Status

    Fairly common throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

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

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map