Morley’s Final Catalogue: Bred at both Shingle-street in Hollesley and Hemley in 1933-5 by Dr. Whittingham and Revd. A. P. Waller (Trans. .., 296).
Recent Status: Found on Suffolk salt-marshes.
Life Style: A single brooded species that flies at night and comes to light. The larvae feed on seeds of Suaeda maritima, Salicornia, Sarcocornia, Atriplex portulacoides or A. littoralis. When fully fed they hibernate attached low down. They pupate the following year at a higher level.
Identification: A small darker salt-marsh Coleophora with indistinct paler striping. It can be identified by genitalia dissection. The larvae initially bore into seeds to feed. The final case is granular with darker longitudinal ribs. The oral opening is at 20 degrees to the long axis. More Info
Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required
Case: A good quality photo or specimen of the case and plant/pabulum is required.
Recorded in 4 (7%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1933. Last Recorded in 2019. Additional Stats