Morley’s Final Catalogue: Doubtless abundant. Ipswich in 1932 (Whit.); flew to Monks Soham light on 25 July 1933 (Mly); taken at Southwold in 1897 (Ctw). Brandon (Tr. Norf. Soc. 1874, p. 75).
Recent Status: A common species particularly in the Sandlings area.
Life Style: A single brooded mid-summer flying species that comes to light. The larvae feed on Rumex acetosella and R. crispus.
Identification: A small white moth that has large antennal scapes that form eyecaps completely covering the eye at rest. They may occasionally show a yellowish costa. At rest the moth lies flatter than Elachista argentella which holds its wings tent-like.
Verification Grade Comment: Confusion with Elachista argentella
Recorded in 21 (36%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1897.
Last Recorded in 2021.