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Elachista rufocinerea
Red-brindled Dwarf (Haworth, 1828)
Elachistidae
608 / 38.038
Photo © Raymond A Watson,  Hollesley, Suffolk.

Similar Suffolk Species: None
Wingspan: 10-11 mm
Flight: April - May (S. England)
Foodplant:   Creeping Soft-grass, False Oat-grass other grasses.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Morley’s Final Catalogue: The larvae of this extremely profuse kind feed on the leaves of Holcus mollis. Ubiquitous in all pastures where Harker had found it at Hacheston. Blythbro and Bentley woods, Cransford, Weston and on the Gorleston palings; in Monks Soham paddock it flies in late April and the first half of May immediately before dusk in great numbers just over the grass-tops (Mly).

Recent Status: A common species but with few Suffolk records.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying from May to June. The larvae mine leaves of grasses, particularly Holcus mollis, Arrhenanthemum elatius, Schedonorus arundinaceus and Phleum bertolonii. The young larvae hibernate. They pupate in a slight cocoon away from the mine.

Identification: This is a readily identified white or ochreous white species with scattered reddish brown scales forming a characteristic pattern. More Info
The larvae are pale green with a brown head and narrowly divided prothoracic plate.

Recorded in 13 (22%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2000.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
03/05/2020126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
23/04/2020125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
18/05/2019125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
10/05/2019126TL77 - Mildenhall
07/05/2019125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
Further info: Elachista rufocinerea
 
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