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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Purdis Farm, Ipswich. July 2013. Gen. det.

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Coleophora saxicolella
Orache Case-bearer
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Coleophora sternipennella
Speckled Case-bearer

(Zetterstedt, 1839)566 / 37.084

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

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

Life Style: A single brooded species flying in July and August. It comes to light. The larvae feed on the seeds of Atriplex and Chenopodium species. Initially by boring into the seeds and then from a portable silken case. They hibernate fully fed on the ground where they pupate.

Identification: The adult moth has an ochreous forewing with white stripes and scattered fuscous scales it can only be separated from C. saxicolella by genitalia dissection. The difference in the males is in the processes of the transtilla, they have a group of short spines in C. saxicolella. In the female the ostium is set back from the rear edge of the sternum in C. saxicolella and the atrium narrows slightly in the anterior half.
The larval case has a trivalved anal end and the oral opening is set at 40 to 70 degrees to the long axis. It is a sub-cylindrical case decorated with pappus. There is no consistent difference between the cases and larvae of C. saxicolella, C. sternipennella, C. versurella and C. vestianella. 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 8 (14%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1987.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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Female Hollesley 23 July 2020 - Raymond A Watson
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/08/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
10/08/2021326TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
31/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
23/07/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
24/08/2019125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 10-15mm
Flight: July to August
Foodplant:   Orache and Goosefoot
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Case: C4
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2021. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021
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