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Opostega salaciella
Sorrel Bent-wing (Treitschke, 1833)
Opostegidae: Oposteginae
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Photo © Raymond A Watson,  Hollesley, Suffolk.

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Mint Bent-wing
Pseudopostega crepusculella
Swan-feather Dwarf
Elachista argentella
Wingspan: c.10 mm.
Flight: June and July.
Foodplant:   Sheep's Sorrel.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

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.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
14/06/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
02/06/2021425TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
07/08/2020+25TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
05/08/2020125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
01/08/2020125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
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