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Coleophora milvipennis
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Coleophora limosipennella
Dark Elm Case-bearer

(Duponchel, 1843)499 / 37.012

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Bentley Woods in July 1901 (Pyett); Leiston (Grey); Southwold (Ctw); Lowestoft and Fritton (Bd); bred in June 1929 from case found in Greenacres Lane at Gorleston (Mly).

Recent Status: There are a number of recent records.

Life Style: A single brooded species that flies during June and July. The larvae mine leaves of Ulmus. They may hibernate for two winters before pupation.

Identification: The moth is a greyish ochre with a cream costa to two fifths. They resemble a darker greyer version of the common C. milvipennis. They can be identified by genitalia dissection.
The larvae initially form a short gallery from the oviposition site in the angle between a vein and the mid-vein on the underside of a leaf. They excise a piece from the end of this for their first case. Their second case is cut from the centre of a leaf. They hibernate in this affixed to a twig. In their second year they construct successive cases from leaf margins resulting in bivalve cases with a dorsal keel of the leaf serrated margin. They may then pass a second winter before pupation. More Info

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 10 (17%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1901.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
27/06/2021125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
06/08/2016+25TM59 - Lowestoft
12/10/2014+26TL77 - Mildenhall
29/06/2010125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Wingspan: 10-13 mm
Flight: June and July
Foodplant:   Elm
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Case: C1
 Immature Adult
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