Main: (Gelechiidae / Anomologinae)
35.063 [B&F: 0750a] Psamathocrita argentella Pierce & Metcalfe, 1942


Vulnerable (proposed as a future Red Data Book species) and endemic to the British Isles, frequenting salt-marshes in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Sussex and Dorset. First discovered near Southampton Water in 1937, feared lost when the original site was destroyed in 1971, but rediscovered on a saltmarsh near St Helen's, Isle of Wight in 1973 and now known from several locations in and around the region, including Farlington Marsh and Hayling Island. Wingspan 10-11 mm. Easily mistaken for one of the Coleophoridae, identification often requires dissection of the genitalia. Larva feeds on flowers and seeds of Sea Couch.

Flightime guide

Records Received By Year

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Percentage of Total Records

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Phenology - Adult Records

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Phenology - Larval Records

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Distribution Map

Historical distribution at tetrad resolution
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Record Density

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Detail records

VC10 Isle of Wight
St Helens (SZ68)1973-Ffennell, DWHAdult
Newtown (SZ49)12-Jul-1985-Knill-Jones, RPAdult
VC11 South Hampshire
Titchfield Haven NNR (SU50)01-Jul-1978-Dickson, RichardAdult
Southsea (SZ69)24-Jun-1983oneLangmaid, JohnAdult
Hilsea, Portsmouth (SU60)08-Jul-1983twoLangmaid, JR; Pelham-Clinton, ECAdult
Sinah Common, Hayling (SZ69)13-Jun-1987-Langmaid, JR; Sterling, DHAdult
Southsea (SZ69)18-Jun-1989oneLangmaid, JohnAdult
Southsea (SZ69)19-Jun-1989oneLangmaid, JohnAdult
Southsea (SZ69)20-Jun-1989oneLangmaid, JohnAdult
Southsea (SZ69)22-Jun-1992oneLangmaid, JohnAdult
Hook Lake NR (SU40)17-Jun-1994oneDickson, RichardAdult
Hayling (SZ69)22-Jun-2001-Langmaid, John & Thirlwell, IanAdult
Southsea (SZ69)24-Jun-2001oneLangmaid, JohnAdult
Hayling (SZ69)22-Jul-2001-Langmaid, John & Thirlwell, IanLarval
Eastney (SZ69)02-Aug-2001-Langmaid, John & Young, MarkLarval feeding signs
Farlington Marshes HWT NR (SU60)15-Aug-2001-Langmaid, John & Thirlwell, IanLarval
Sinah Common, Hayling (SZ69)28-Aug-2001-Langmaid, JohnLarval
Sinah Common, Hayling (SZ79)28-Aug-2001-Langmaid, JohnLarval
Eastney (SZ69)10-Sep-2002-Langmaid, JohnLarval
Sinah Common, Hayling (SZ69)24-Jul-2003oneLangmaid, John & Young, MarkLarval
Eastney (SZ69)02-Sep-2003-Agassiz, J.R. Langmaid & D.J.L. Larval

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