The Moths of Suffolk
517 Coleophora alcyonipennella, Clover Case-bearer, (Kollar, 1832)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Rough grass and roadside verges

Flight Period : Double-brooded, late May to June and late July to August

Larval foodplants : White Clover (Trifolium repens), possibly other Trifolium

Aston's Additions : Aston attributed this specimen to C. frischella but due to the confusion with C. alcyonipennella and the lack of any unsubstantiated C. frischella Suffolk records to date this specimen may well have referred to this species. I took a specimen at Stowmarket light (teste Wakely, as in all my microlepidoptera) on 28.vii.1951 (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. X, pt. IV, p. 290). Known from Cambs. in 1937 and expected here.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11.5-14.5mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultColeophora trifolii
Coleophora frischella
Coleophora mayrella
Coleophora deauratella
Coleophora fuscicornis
    Larval caseColeophora mayrella

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Gen.det. Jon Clifton - Eye, Suffolk (6.ix.2008) © Paul Kitchener

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