The Moths of Suffolk
495 Coleophora spinella, Apple and Plum Case-bearer, (Schrank, 1802)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Open woodland, scrub, orchards, gardens and hedgerows

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

Larval foodplants : Hawthorn (Crataegus), apple (Malus) and less often on pear (Pyrus), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Dwarf Cherry (Prunus cerasus), Rowan and Whitebeam (Sorbus) or Cotoneaster

Records : Lakenheath (B Palmer, 12-13.vi.1993 & 18.vi.1995), Thorpeness (B Palmer, 13.vi.1993), Rushbroke (B Palmer, 30.vii-6.viii.1994), Minsmere (J Langmaid & J Higgott, 1.x.2005, 18.vii.2006), Elveden (B Statham, 23-25.v.2006; B Palmer, 10-17.vii.2006; G Finch, 16.v.2007), Dunwich (T Freed, 20.vii.2006), King's Forest (J Langmaid & J Higgott, 27.vii.2007), Cavenham Heath (J Langmaid & J Higgott, 27.vii.2007)

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10.5-12mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultMetriotes lutareaColeophora gryphipennella
Coleophora serratellaColeophora coracipennella
Coleophora prunifoliaeColeophora lusciniaepennella
Coleophora idaeellaColeophora vitisella
Coleophora orbitella
    Larval caseColeophora serratella
Coleophora coracipennella
Coleophora prunifoliae
Coleophora hemerobiella

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Flight chart
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Life history chart
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