Elachista rufocinerea

    Alt Name
    Red-brindled Dwarf

    Wingspan 10 to11 mm. A fairly distinctive member of the genus Elachista, with its white ground colour speckled with reddish or buff, sometimes giving rise to a streaky appearance.

    Identification difficulty

    A species of grassland areas, the larvae feed on a range of grasses, causing whitish mines on the blades.

    When to see it

    April to June.

    Life History

    Larvae mine the leaves of various grasses.

    UK Status

    It occurs widely throughout the British Isles and is fairly common. 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).

    38.038 BF608

    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