Recent Status: The species is common on Suffolk salt-marshes.
Life Style: A single brooded species that comes to light. It flies in June and July. The larvae feed on seeds of Atriplex species, particularly A. littoralis, A. portulacoides and on Suaeda maritima. The larvae hibernate.
Identification: The moth is one of the striped Coleophora species with scattered fuscous scales. It can be reliably identified by genitalia dissection. The larvae feed initially inside a seed before constructing a silken case. The case has fine longitudinal brown stripes and is finely spotted. The anal end is trivalved. They hibernate before pupation away from the foodplant. 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
Recorded in 7 (12%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 2006. Last Recorded in 2018. Additional Stats