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Coleophora alticolella
Common Rush Case-bearer

Zeller, 1849584 / 37.073

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: A common species with few records owing to the constraints on identification.

Life Style: A single brooded species that comes to light. It can be found from May to August. The larvae feed on the seeds of Juncus species. After feeding initially inside a seed they construct a silken case covered with pieces if seed fragments.. The larvae hibernate and pupate on the ground.

Identification: This is a small Coleophora species with a variable cream to greyish ochre colour and an often indistinct stripy pattern. They can be identified by genitalia dissection or from the larval case and foodplant. 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 10 (17%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1987.
Last Recorded in 2019.
Additional Stats

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Hollesley Suffolk. - Raymond A Watson
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/07/2019125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
10/07/2019125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
23/06/2019125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
19/06/2018+25TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
14/06/2018+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Wingspan: 10 - 12 mm
Flight: June and July, possibly late April and May
Foodplant:   Juncus
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Case: C4
 Immature Adult
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