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Photo © Paul Kitchener,  Eye, 8 July 2010 (male, gen. det.)

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Coleophora flavipennella
Tipped Oak Case-bearer
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Coleophora lutipennella
Common Oak Case-bearer

(Zeller, 1838)490 / 37.005

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Copdock (Hkg); Ipswich in 1904 (Mly) and bred freely from larvae on Bentley Woods' oaks in 1934 (Trans, u, p. clxxvi); Brandon (Barrett).

Recent Status: This common species is recorded in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species that flies at night and comes to light. It can be found during June and July. The larvae mine Quercus leaves and catkins from a mobile case. They hibernate and feed again in the spring before pupation.

Identification: Three species C. lutipennella, C. gryphipennella and C. flavipennella are very similar as the adult moth and can only be reliably identified by dissection of the genitalia. They sit with their wings fairly flat at rest and are a buff, ochre or pale ferruginous colour. More Info
The larvae of C. lutipennella and C. flavipennella are very similar and both feed on Quercus. The first case of C. lutipennella is of silk and that of C. flavipennella is constructed from leaf cuticle. C. lutipennella may also feed on Quercus catkins during spring as well as mining leaves. They are otherwise the same. More Info

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Case: A good quality photo or specimen of the case and plant/pabulum and gen. det. of bred moth is required.

Recorded in 15 (26%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1904.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/07/2021226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
17/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
25/10/2020226TL83 - Worhouse Green
05/08/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
29/07/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Wingspan: 10-12mm
Flight: July and August
Foodplant:   Oak
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Case: C4
 Immature Adult
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