The Moths of Suffolk
511 Coleophora orbitella, Zeller, 1849

National Status : Nationally Scarce B

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Mature birch on heathland and alder carr

Flight Period : Single-brooded, late May to June

Larval foodplants : Birch (Betula) or alder (Alnus). On the continent also Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) and Hazel (Corylus avellana)

Records : Dunwich Heath (A Prichard,, Ipswich (N Sherman, 25.x.2004)

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10.5-14mm


Confusion species
    AdultMetriotes lutareaColeophora gryphipennella
Coleophora spinella, Apple and Plum Case-bearerColeophora siccifolia
Coleophora lusciniaepennellaColeophora idaeella
Coleophora vitisella
    Larval caseColeophora serratella
Coleophora binderella

Compare confusion species
    Larval case

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Case found on Silver birch. - Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2004) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart

Life history chart
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