The Moths of Suffolk
493 Coleophora serratella, (Linnaeus, 1761)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Open woodland, hedgerows, heathland, fens, wherever its foodplant occurs

Flight Period : Single-brooded, July to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Birch (Betula), alder (Alnus), Hazel (Corylus avellana), elm (Ulmus) and Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : An abundant and polyphagous kind. Copdock (Hkg); Bentley Woods in July, Gorleston and Fritton marshes (Mly); Campsey-ash; Lowestoft.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10.5-14mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultAugasma aeratellaColeophora gryphipennella
Coleophora coracipennellaColeophora prunifoliae
Coleophora spinella, Apple and Plum Case-bearerColeophora siccifolia
Coleophora fuscocuprellaColeophora vitisella
Coleophora orbitellaColeophora binderella
Coleophora ahenella
    Larval caseColeophora coracipennellaColeophora prunifoliae
Coleophora spinella, Apple and Plum Case-bearerColeophora milvipennis
Coleophora siccifoliaColeophora orbitella
Coleophora binderellaColeophora hemerobiella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Larval case

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Gen. det. Jon Clifton - Eye, Suffolk (19.vii.2007) © Paul Kitchener

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Case found on Silver Birch. - Upper Hollesley common, Suffolk (v.2004) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Gen. det. Jon Clifton - Ipswich, Suffolk (25.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman