Morley’s Final Catalogue: Bred at Shingle-street in Hollesley durmg l933-5 (Whit.); on Chenopodium by the River Aide in 1935 (Wir).
Recent Status: The species is recorded in Suffolk particularly in Breckland and on the coast.
Life Style: A single brooded species flying in June and July. 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 moth is an ochre, white striped species with scattered fuscous scales. It is similar to C. versurella. 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
Recorded in 9 (16%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1987. Last Recorded in 2021. Additional Stats