Gelechiidae : Dichomeridinae
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Dichomeris alacella
Lichen Crest

(Zeller, 1839)851 / 35.025

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Certainly widely distributed, at least from Copdock (Hkg) to light beside Fritton Lake in August 1934 (Mly), though rarely observed. Once common at Southwold (Wir).

Recent Status: Rare in Suffolk.

Life Style: A summer flying single brooded species that comes to light. There is no evidence for the often quoted larval food of lichens. The complete life cycle is not known. The species prevalence for ancient deciduous woodland is unproven.

Identification: The species is triangular at rest with wings held flat it has dark grey or fuscous wings with three black stigmata and dots around the terminal third all with prominent white marks on the distal side of them. The less clear marks at the wing base are cream marked. There are white or cream marks at the tornus and opposing on the costa that may join into a fascia. The prominent palps are white tipped. More Info

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 7 (12%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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Determination
Hollesley Suffolk. - Raymond A Watson
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/08/2020+25TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
05/08/2020+25TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
24/07/2020125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
28/07/2018125TM59 - Lowestoft
14/07/2015+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Wingspan: 13-14mm
Flight: July-August
Foodplant:   lichens
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 Immature Adult
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