Elachista triatomea


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

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).

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

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