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Stephensia brunnichella
Basil Dwarf

(Linnaeus, 1767)592 / 38.003

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Rarely observed; on the common wild-basil. Beaten from Oak in Bentley Woods in mid-August (Morley); Leiston (Grey); Brandon (Barrett).

Recent Status: No recent records but has been found recently in Norfolk.

Life Style: A double brooded species that can be found from May to September. The larvae mine Clinopodium vulgare. They initially make a long narrow brown gallery before creating a blotch and will change leaves.

Identification: A small Elachistidae with deep blackish brown forewings marked with silver to brassy bands at the base, at one half and a tornal bar and inwardly oblique pre-apical bar from the costa. The dark antennae have a broad white band at three quarters. More Info

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Mine: Either the leaf or a good photograph required

Additional Stats

Perittia obscurepunctella  |  Elachista argentella >

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Latest 5 Records
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Wingspan: 8-9mm
Flight: Two Generations. May-Jun. Aug-Sep.
Foodplant:   Wild Basil
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3  Mine: L
 Immature Adult
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