The Moths of Suffolk
515 Coleophora albitarsella, Zeller, 1849

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : A wide range of habitats in generally shady areas, beneath hedgerows, open woodland, fens and downland

Flight Period : Single-brooded, late June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Ground-ivy (Glechoma hederacea) and other various Labiatae, calamint (Calamintha), Wild Basil (Clinipodium vulgare), various mints (Mentha), Wild Clary (Salvia horminoides), Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris) and Marjoram (Origanum vulgare)

Records : Elveden (Lancashire Moth Group, 18-21.vii.2002; B Statham, 30.ix.2005-2.x.2005), Dodnash Wood (A Prichard, 3.iv.2004), Tattingstone (A Prichard, 25.iv.2004), Eye (P Kitchener, 14.vii.2004), Minsmere (S Clancy, 26.vii.2004; R Harvey, 10.vii.2005, 1.viii.2005, 10.viii.2005), Lackford Lakes (A Prichard, 8.x.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Found among ground-ivy at Sweffling and Orford (Bloomfield).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-13mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultColeophora serratellaColeophora coracipennella
Coleophora prunifoliaeColeophora orbitella
Coleophora binderellaColeophora ahenella
Elachista gleichenella
    Larval caseColeophora niveicostella

Compare confusion species
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    Larval case

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Ipswich, Suffolk (16.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman

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Case on Ground ivy. - Ipswich, Suffolk (xi.2004) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Case on Ground Ivy - Ufford, Suffolk (28.x.2005) © A Prichard
Mine on Ground Ivy - Ufford, Suffolk (28.x.2005) © A Prichard
Mine on Ground Ivy - Ufford, Suffolk (28.x.2005) © A Prichard
 
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Dunwich, Suffolk (4.viii.2012) © Paul Kitchener