Elachista maculicerusella

    Alt Name
    Triple-spot Dwarf

    Wingspan 10 to 12 mm. The small white and dark blotched adult is quite distinctive.

    Identification difficulty

    Damp habitats such as river and canal banks and marshes.

    When to see it

    Flies between May and August in one or two broods depending on latitude.

    Life History

    The larvae mine the stems of Reed Canary-grass and Common Reed; occasionally on other grasses. The pupa is anchored externally on the foodplant by a silken girdle.

    UK Status

    Occurring widely in England as far as southern Scotland, less so in Wales and Ireland. 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).

    38.039 BF609

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map