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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Ex case collected June 2016. Female, gen.det. Orfordness, Suffolk em. July 2016

Immature stages

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Coleophora coracipennella
Blackthorn Case-bearer
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Coleophora spinella
Apple & Plum Case-bearer

(Schrank, 1802)495 / 37.016

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: There are records of this species for Suffolk. The species is reported to be commoner than C. serratella in southern England.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying in June and July. The larvae mine leaves of Crataegus, Malus, Pyrus, Prunus, Sorbus and Cotoneaster. They hibernate in their first instar. They pupate on the foodplant.

Identification: There are four similar species C. coracipennella, C. serratella, C. spinella and C. prunifoliae that cannot be separated on the superficial characters of either the adult moth or the larval case. To some degree C. serratella can be separated out on its usual foodplant but it is not exclusive to such without sometimes being found on Malus. All adults are dark, grey or fuscous with a lighter fine peppering. C. serratella also has a paler form apparently when it has fed on Ulmus. All have sharply annulate antennae. Adult moths can be identified by genitalia dissection. More Info

Verification Grade Comment: Case: On Hawthorn (Crataegus) and Apple (Malus) C4

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 12 (21%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1993.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
20/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
18/07/2021226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
03/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
15/06/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
12/09/2020+25TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
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Wingspan: 10-12 mm
Flight: June and July
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Apple, Hawthorn
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Case: C4
 Immature Adult
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