|scientific name Elachista maritimella |
Not reported but E. maritimella has been collected on salt coastal meadows (McDunnough 1942) and on vegetation bordering roads (Kaila 1999).
Collection has occurred in June, July and August (Kaila 1999).
Adults have lanceolate wings with an indistinct brownish fringe line (Kaila 1999). The forewing colouration is quite variable and can range from solid, light yellow to patterned gray (Kaila 1999). On the forewing, a white spot may be present in the costal forewing region and the hindwings are typically grey (Kaila 1999). Forewing length varies between 3.8 to 4.8 mm (Kaila 1999). Because this species is so varied superficially, genitalic characteristics can aid identification. Male E. maritimella is characterized by large uncus lobes which are separated by a narrow median line and a line of cornuti will be evident on the aedeagus (Kaila 1999). In the females the antrum is wine glass shaped and a membranous line can be seen in the ductus bursae (Kaila 1999).
Adults of related species are active during dusk and dawn periods but can occasionally be nocturnal (Kaila 1997). Adults of this genus are generally not noted as readily attracted to lights (Kaila 1997).
Currently unknown but specimen collection is limited which may or may not be indicative of actual population sizes.
Larvae of related species are grass leafminers (Kaila 1997).
Specimens have been collected in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Saskatchewan (Kaila 1999) and Alberta.
In general, not much is known about the genus Elachista and many species are likely undiscovered (Kaila 1997).
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