Elachista triatomea

    Description

    Elachistidae Wingspan 8 or 9 mm. One of several similar whitish, the specific name triatomea describes the three darker specks on the pale forewing.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Grassland, where the larvae mine blades of fescue grasses (Festuca sp.).

    When to see it

    The adult moths fly in June and July.

    UK Status

    It is distributed from south-east England to southern Scotland, but rare in south-west England and Wales, and only scattered in Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    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).

    Reference
    38.005 BF611

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map