813 Scrobipalpa salinella
(Zeller, 1847)Wingspan 11-15 mm.
Scrobipalpa salinella is found on saltings in England and Wales where its foodplants, sea-blite, sea aster and glasswort, grow. It flies June - September. It is regarded as a local and difficult-to-record species (MBGBI 4-2), and can probably be most easily found by searching for larvae from late April to early June. Certainly, larvae were common in May 2004 on the Dee Estuary in Flintshire and Cheshire, two counties where it had not been previously recorded. The larvae can live on plants on the lowest parts of saltings, which are frequently immersed by the tide.
Worn adult specimens of Scrobipalpa species, without known foodplant associations, are easily confused and require examination of the genitalia.