The Moths of Suffolk
523 Coleophora hemerobiella, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare, probably overlooked

Habitats : A wide range of habitats where its foodplants grow, gardens and orchards

Flight Period : Single-brooded, July

Larval foodplants : Hawthorn (Crataegus), apple (Malus), Wild Cherry (Prunus avium), Wild Plum (Prunus domestica), Pear (Pyrus communis), Rowan and Whitebeam (Sorbus) and also Cotoneaster

Records : Santon Downham (B Palmer, 1987-9), Dunwich Heath (D Brougham & C Moore, 22.vi.2005 & 23.vi.2005), Landguard (N Odin, 7.viii.2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Many larvae in long, dark-brown cases, pretty surely of this species, feeding on leaves of bird-cherry in Bentley Woods on 18 May 1935 (Morley, Doughty).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-15mm

Identification

Confusion species
    Larval caseColeophora serratella
Coleophora coracipennella
Coleophora prunifoliae
Coleophora spinella, Apple and Plum Case-bearer
Coleophora anatipennella, Pistol Case-bearer

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2008) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Beaten from Hawthorn - Purdis Heath, Suffolk (8.v.2011) © Neil Sherman
early case on hawthorn (Crataegus) - Cransford, Suffolk (7.v.2012) © A Prichard
Groton Wood, Suffolk (v.2012) © Paul Bryant