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Elachista luticomella
Yellow-headed Dwarf Zeller, 1839
Elachistidae
600 / 38.029

Similar Suffolk Species
White-headed Dwarf
Elachista albifrontella
Wingspan: 10-11mm
Flight: June - Aug
Foodplant:   Cock's-foot, False Brome.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Taken at Raydon in 1933 (Whit.), Aldeburgh in 1892 and
Southwold in 1897 (Ctw); on the grass Dactylis.

Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk.

Life Style: This is a single brooded species that flies during June, July and August. The larvae mine the leaves of Dactylis glomerata and may also use Brachypodium sylvaticum and other species of grass. The young larvae hibernate in the mine. They pupate on the ground in a loose cocoon.

Identification: The moth is readily identified by the deep yellow or orange ochre head and palps. The dark wings have a slightly ochre tinged white fascia at one third and opposing tornal and costal spots. The female has bolder markings than the male. More Info
The larvae mine from a leaf tip in a narrow gallery down to the leaf base where they will change leaves. They are long and narrow, pale with a light brown head.

Recorded in 5 (9%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1892.
Last Recorded in 2013.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
21/06/2013+26TL98 - Knettishall
01/01/1987 to 31/12/1989+26TL88 - Thetford
1933+26TM03 - East Bergholt
1897+25TM57 - Southwold
1892+25TM45 - Aldeburgh/Orford
Further info: Elachista luticomella
 
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