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Elachista alpinella (Stainton, 1854)


Family: Elachistidae
Subfamily: Elachistinae
Identification: The head is fuscous, whitish-sprinkled. Forewings are dark fuscous, basal area in female sometimes pale ; a somewhat curved fascia before middle, in male obsolete towards costa, an erect triangular tornal spot, and a similar spot on costa beyond it white, in female larger.Hindwings are dark grey
Wing Span: 0.9-1.3 cm
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Flight: June through September
Caterpillar Hosts: The larvae mine sedges (Carex sp.) The mine is narrow and begins just below the tip of the leaf and runs downwards. It might be found along the leaf margin or in the centre of the leaf. It is thought that the larvae start a new mine after hibernation. This mine is similar to the first, but ends near the leaf base. Pupation takes place outside of the mine.[
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Taxonomy Notes: Elachista alpinella Stainton, 1854 replaces Elachista oxytypa Braun 1948