Elachista canapennella

Alternative names
Little Dwarf

Wingspan 8 to10 mm. The males of this species are relatively plain greyish brown with indistinct darker mottling. The females are quite different, being smaller with much more distinctive dark grey ground colour with white markings.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats especially in grassy areas.

When to see it

It has two generations in most of its range, being on the wing from April to June and from July to September. In northern Scotland however, it is single brooded from June to August.

Life History

The larvae mine internally in the blades of various grasses.

UK Status

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

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