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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jul.

Forewing: 5-6mm.

Foodplant: Various grasses.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188319761883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records52272956943
Number of individuals12221168313495
Unique positions4831503311
Unique locations5228513311
Adult records52170626242
Immature records00010

For the county, we have a total of 801 records from 175 sites. First recorded in 1883.


38.004 Elachista argentella 03
© Andy Nunn
38.004 Elachista argentella 02 larva
© Derek Parkinson
38.004 Elachista argentella 01
© Charles Fletcher, 10 Jun 2001

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and often common, recorded from all five vice-counties.

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