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Photo © Paul Kitchener,  Iken Cliff, 6 July 2016 (clypeus seen)

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Coleophora salicorniae
Glasswort Case-bearer
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Coleophora clypeiferella
Body-marked Case-bearer

Hofmann, 1871589 / 37.107

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: There are few records for Suffolk. It may be under-recorded.

Life Style: A single brooded species that comes to light. It can be found during July and August. The larvae feed on the seeds of Chenopoduim album. It pupates in the ground in a cocoon following hibernation.

Identification: This is a larger Coleophora species. It is a buff to ferruginous in colour peppered with paler scales and showing one or two small dark spots. The antennal scape is tufted and the basal segments are scaled. It is similar in appearance to C. salicorniae but can be distinguished from that and all other British Coleophora by the peg-like thickenings on the top of the basal abdominal segments. These can be clearly seen with a good hand lens on a dead or temporarily anaesthetised moth.
The larvae feed on seeds from a flimsy silken tube amongst the seeds. In the final instar they take part of this as a portable case. They leave this when fully grown and burrow into the ground to hibernate in a tough cocoon. They pupate in spring. The sclerotized pegs on the abdomen are used to escape from the cocoon and the ground. More Info

Verification Grade Comment: Adult: If a photo, 1st abdominal segment feature must be clearly visible, otherwise 4

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Case: A good quality photo or specimen of the case and plant/pabulum 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
24/07/2021526TL88 - Thetford
21/07/2021226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
18/07/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
17/07/2021326TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
10/08/2020125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 12-15.5mm.
Flight: July - Aug.
Foodplant:   Floret of fat-hen
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3  Case: C2
 Immature Adult
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