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Elachista crenatella

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Elachistidae
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Elachista
Elachista crenatella

Elachista crenatella is a moth of the Elachistidae family. It is found in the Australian state of South Australia near Adelaide and on Kangaroo Island.

The wingspan is about 11 mm for males. The forewings are bluish grey. The hindwings are pale grey.

The larvae feed on Lepidosperma viscidum. They mine the leaves of their host plant. Young larvae mine upwards, creating a straight and narrow initial stage of the mine. Later, the mine slowly widens and turns downwards. The whole mine, except the last 20 mm, is filled with frass. Pupation takes place outside of the mine on a leaf of the host plant.

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Elachista crenatella Wikipedia


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