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38.025 (BF597)

Black-headed Dwarf   

Elachista atricomella
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording methods

Comes to light

Life cycle

Larvae present Autumn-May.  Adults May-September.

Larval foodplants

Mine the leaves of Cock’s-foot grass Dactylis glomerata.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Dundrennan, Kirkcudbrightshire, during 1965 by E. C. Pelham-Clinton, while the first for Dumfriesshire was found at Castlehill in Kirkmahoe parish on 19th July 1978 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen now at National Museums Scotland, with the Wigtownshire first being found at Corsemalzie on 27th June 1988 by E. C. Pelham-Clinton.

66 record(s) from 20 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2022 2020
38.025 Elachista Atricomella
38.025 Elachista Atricomella
38.025 Elachista Atricomella
38.025 Elachista Atricomella38.025 Elachista Atricomella38.025 Elachista Atricomella

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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