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Coleophora spinella
Apple & Plum Case-bearer
Coleophora prunifoliae
New Sloe Case-bearer
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Coleophora coracipennella
Blackthorn Case-bearer

(Hübner, 1796)494 / 37.014

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Bred plentifully from larval cases beaten from hawthorn at both Bentley Woods and Monks Soham in 1931 (Mly); bred at Ipswich (Whit.); Southwold (Ctw), Blythbro Wood; Tuddenham (Wrn).

Recent Status: The species is recorded in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species that can be found in June, July and August. The larvae mine the leaves of Prunus and also Malus and Crataegus. They hibernate when young and pupate on the foodplant.

Identification: There are four similar species C. coracipennella, C. serratella, C. spinella and C. prunifoliae that cannot be separated on the superficial characters of either the adult moth or the larval case. To some degree C. serratella can be separated out on its usual foodplant but it is not exclusive to such without sometimes being found on Malus. All adults are dark, grey or fuscous with a lighter fine peppering. C. serratella also has a paler form apparently when it has fed on Ulmus. All have sharply annulate antennae. Adult moths can be identified by genitalia dissection. 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 6 (10%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1931.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
29/07/2020126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
17/07/2018+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
10/08/2013125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
16/05/2007+26TL88 - Thetford
23/06/2002125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Wingspan: 8.5-11.5mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Apple, Cherry, Hawthorn, Bullace
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Case: C4
 Immature Adult
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