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Coleophora gryphipennella
Rose Case-bearer (Hübner, 1796)
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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Purdis Farm, Ipswich. Case on Dog rose. October 2004.

Similar Suffolk Species
Common Case-bearer
Coleophora serratella
Blackthorn Case-bearer
Coleophora coracipennella
Wingspan: 10 -13mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Rose
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Case: C1

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Occasionally on Monks Soham windows in June 1908-34 (Mly); Glemham Magna among wild-rose (Bloomf.); Flixton near Bungay (Ctw).

Recent Status: Reasonably well recorded in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species that flies in June and July. The larvae mine leaves of Rosa and occasionally Frangula from a portable case. They hibernate and pupate on the plant.

Identification: Three species C. lutipennella, C. gryphipennella and C. flavipennella are very similar as the adult moth and can only be reliably identified by dissection of the genitalia. They sit with their wings fairly flat at rest and are a buff, ochre or pale ferruginous colour. The males of C. gryphipennella are a more grey colour.
C. gryphipennella larvae feed on Rosa and has a case differing in appearance to the others. The bivalve case is constructed from mined leaf margins. It becomes less flattened as the larvae grow and construct further cases. More Info

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 16 (28%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1908.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/10/2020226TL85 - Brockley/Alpheton
12/09/2020+25TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
22/10/2017+25TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
03/07/2017125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
16/06/2017+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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