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Photo © Paul Kitchener,  Eye, 5 July 2010 (female, gen. det.)

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Coleophora flavipennella
Tipped Oak Case-bearer

(Duponchel, 1843)492 / 37.007

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: A common species probably under-recorded in Suffolk owing to identification constraints.

Life Style: A single brooded night flying species that comes to light. It can be found in June and July. The larvae mine leaves of Quercus. They hibernate and continue feeding in spring until pupation on the foodplant.

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. C. flavipennella may have a paler basal streak on the costa but this is not normally sufficient to allow identification. It is less pronounced than in the C. milvipennis group.
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. They are otherwise the same. C. gryphipennella larvae feed on Rosa and has a case differing in appearance to the others. More Info

Verification Grade Comment: Case: C2 for initial mine from which case excised

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 13 (22%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1987.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
09/07/2021226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
07/08/2020126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
16/07/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
04/07/2020+25TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 11-13mm
Flight: July - Aug
Foodplant:   Oak.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Case: C4
 Immature Adult
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