Nationally scarce (Nb) on salt-marshes and vegetated shingle along parts of the coast of the British Isles. In Hampshire recorded for the first time at Titchfield Haven on 1 July 1978, with another at Southsea on 6 August 1984, but not reported again in our area until one at Chale, Isle of Wight in July 2021 and another a year later at Hengistbury Head, VC11. Wingspan 11-15 mm; S. atriplicella
, S. instabilella
and S. nitentella
are all similar, and the species can only be distinguished from S. stangei
, formerly known only from the Isle of Wight, by dissection of the genitalia. Larva mines leaves of Sea Plantain and Buckshorn Plantain.