Main: (Elachistidae / Elachistinae)
38.043 [B&F: 0627] Elachista scirpi Stainton, 1887


Nationally scarce (Na) in saltmarshes and brackish marshes, along much of the coast of England, Wales and southern Ireland. Recorded in the past from the Isle of Wight at Yarmouth, but nowadays known in the region only from the salterns on the coast of south-east Hampshire. Wingspan 10-12 mm. The white streak from the base in the costal half of the forewing usually separates this species from its close relatives. Larva mines leaves of Sea Club-rush and Saltmarsh Rush.

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VC10 Isle of Wight
West Yar Saltmarsh, Yar Estuary SSSI (SZ38)20-Jun-2013oneBeavan, SD; Heckford, RJAdult
VC11 South Hampshire
Sinah Common, Hayling (SZ69)1700-NCC -
Browndown (SZ59)1974-Fareham Group-
Browndown (SZ59)11-Jun-1974tenDickson, RJAdult
Browndown (SZ59)14-Jun-1974tenDickson, RJAdult
Farlington Marshes HWT NR (SU60)1984-Langmaid, JR-
Farlington Marshes HWT NR (SU60)19-Jul-1984twoLangmaid, JR; Sterling, PHAdult
Sinah Common, Hayling (SZ69)07-Jun-1986twoLangmaid, JR; Pelham-Clinton, ECLarval
Sinah Common, Hayling (SZ69)13-Jun-1987threeLangmaid, JR; Sterling, DHLarval
Southsea (SZ69)24-Jun-1987oneLangmaid, JRAdult
Southsea (SZ69)12-Jul-1989oneLangmaid, JRAdult
Hilsea Lines, Portsmouth (SU60)09-Jun-1990oneLangmaid, JR; Harper, MWLarval
Hilsea Lines, Portsmouth (SU60)30-Jun-1990threeLangmaid, JR; Sterling, DHMine
Hilsea Lines, Portsmouth (SU60)26-Jun-1991oneLangmaid, JR; Palmer, RMMine (vacated)
Hilsea Lines, Portsmouth (SU60)30-May-1994-Langmaid, JR; Emmet, AMMine (vacated)
Hilsea Lines, Portsmouth (SU60)29-May-1995twoLangmaid, JR; Palmer, SMLarval
Hilsea Lines, Portsmouth (SU60)20-Jun-1995-Langmaid, JR; Palmer, RMMine
Warsash (SU40)13-Jul-1995oneDickson, RJAdult
Fareham (SU50)31-Jul-2000oneDickson, RJAdult
Hamble Common (SU40)12-Jun-2001oneAppleton, DAdult
Southsea (SZ69)09-Jun-2003oneLangmaid, JRAdult
Milton Common, Portsmouth (SU60)02-Jun-2004oneLangmaid, JR; Thirlwell, IRMine
Portchester (SU60)05-Jun-2010twoLangmaid, JR; Wall, MJ; Thirlwell, IRMine
Stoke, Hayling (SU70)08-Jun-2010nineLangmaid, JR; Elliott, B; Phillips, JWMine
Southsea (SZ69)21-Jul-2010oneLangmaid, JRAdult
Portsmouth (SU60)26-Jul-2012oneThirlwell, IRAdult
Portsmouth (SU60)18-Jul-2014oneThirlwell, IRAdult
Browndown (SZ59)23-Aug-2019oneTindale, AAdult
Portsmouth (SU60)27-Aug-2019oneThirlwell, IRAdult
Portsmouth (SU60)02-Sep-2019oneThirlwell, IRAdult

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