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38.028 (BF599)

Marsh Dwarf   

Elachista alpinella
Adult: 4
Resident. Local.

Recording methods

Occasionally comes to light.  May be obtained by beating the foodplant.

Life cycle

Larvae present September-July, adults May-September.

Larval foodplants

Larvae mine the leaves of various sedges (Carex).


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found near Bran Law, Dumfriesshire, on 28th July 1963 by E. C. Pelham-Clinton, who found the first for Wigtownshire at Elrig Loch, near Mochrum, on 29th June 1988, with the Kirkcudbrightshire first being found at Mersehead RSPB on 26th June 2010.

14 record(s) from 8 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1988 2014 2014

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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