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

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