Opostegidae : Oposteginae
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Photo © Patrick Clement,  To light, Kinver Edge, Staffordshire. July 4th 2011.

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Opostega salaciella
Sorrel Bent-wing

(Treitschke, 1833)119 / 5.001

Uncommon resident.

A small all white moth with distinctive large eye caps. Early stages not yet described but foodplant is thought to be Rumex acetosella. Found in open areas where plant is present. Flies late afternoon and evenings, later coming to light.

Verification Grade Comment: Confusion with Elachista argentella

Recorded in 21 (15%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1924.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Wingspan: c.10mm
Flight: June / July
Foodplant:   Sheep's Sorrel
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
13/07/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSJ90
29/06/20192VC39 - StaffordshireSJ82
28/06/20193VC37 - WorcestershireSO87
22/06/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSJ90
14/07/20181VC39 - StaffordshireSJ90
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