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Coleophora versurella
Pale Orache Case-bearer

Zeller, 1849568 / 37.086

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Occurs among Atriplex. Aldeburgh in 1892 (Ctw); Leiston, Lowestoft, Brandon. Monks Soham at light in August 1935.

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 littoralis, A. portulacoides 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 moth is an ochre white striped species with scattered fuscous scales it is very similar to C. vestianella. It can be identified by genitalia dissection.
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 10 (17%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1965.
Last Recorded in 2021.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/07/2021226TL88 - Thetford
21/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
20/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
17/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
29/09/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Wingspan: 11-15mm
Flight: June to September
Foodplant:   Orache and Goosefoot
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Case: C4
 Immature Adult
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