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. Additional Stats