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38.030 Elachista albifrontella (Hübner, [1817])
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different views of the larva are shown


Food Plant: Grasses especially Dactylis glomerata (Cock's-foot), Holcus lanatus (Yorkshire Fog), Holcus mollis (Creping soft-grass) and Deschampsia cespitosa (Tufted hair-grass)

Mine: September - May

Notes: A common miner of grasslands throughout the UK. The larva mines from the grass tip downwards and the mine occupies half or the whole of the leaf blade width. A whitish blotch is formed with characteristic narrow streaks of frass. The larva head is pale brown, with ventral darkening (as shown). The prothoracic plate is spotted (as shown)

Data: 26.iv.2006, Chorlton, Manchester, VC59

Image:© Ben Smart

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