The Moths of Suffolk
514 Coleophora ahenella, Heinemann, 1876

National Status : Nationally Scarce A

Local Status : Uncertain, no recent records (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Chalk downland

Flight Period : Single-brooded, late May to June

Larval foodplants : Buckthorn (Rhamnus catharticus), Alder Buckthorn (Frangula alnus), Wayfaring-tree (Viburnum lantana) or Dogwood (Cornus sanguinea). On the continent also alder (Alnus), Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), Hazel (Corylus avellana), avens (Geum), Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) and cinquefoils (Potentilla)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Listed as non-Suffolk

Aston's Additions : Claude Morley beat this from Rhamnus frangula in Shipmeadow Marshes on 6.vi.1941 (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. IV, pt. IV, p.268). In 1937 he considered it confined to south-west England and unlikely to occur here.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-13mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultColeophora coracipennella
Coleophora prunifoliae
Coleophora potentillae
    Larval caseColeophora violacea

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