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Coleophora discordella
Lotus Case-bearer

Zeller, 1849547 / 37.044

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Abundant everywhere on Lotus corniculatus, sure to be numerous in Suffolk though recorded only from Brandon by Barrett. I have looked for it without avail (Whit).

Recent Status: There are recent Suffolk records.

Life Style: The moth flies from May to August. The larvae initially mine a leaf of Lotus species and then feed from a portable case. They hibernate and pupate near the ground.

Identification: The moth is similar to C. genistae from which it can only be reliably separated by genitalia dissection. The forewings are buff with a sharply defined white costal stripe. There is a narrow white stripe on the fold and a short one at mid wing around two thirds. The dorsum is also paler.
The larvae mine producing a blotch. They then construct a case from pieces of leaf cuticle. The case has a narrow hooked anal end and expands considerably towards the oral end with clearly visible laterally flattened cylinders of leaf pieces. More Info

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 7 (12%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1965.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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Hollesley 26 May 2020 - Raymond A Watson
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
13/07/2021125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
26/05/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
04/07/2014125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
13/06/2014126TL87 - Barnham/West Stow
22/07/2013126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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Wingspan: 11-13 mm.
Flight: July
Foodplant:   Bird's-foot trefoil
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Case: C1
 Immature Adult
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