The Moths of Suffolk
533 Coleophora anatipennella, Pistol Case-bearer, (Hübner, 1796)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Blackthorn scrub, especially near the sea

Flight Period : SIngle-brooded, late June to July

Larval foodplants : various Rosaceous trees, especially Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Wild Cherry (Prunus avium), hawthorn (Crataegus), apple (Malus), pear (Pyrus communis), Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) and lime (Tilia)

Records : Thornham (M Hall, 1997), Levington (A Prichard, 29.v.1997), Somerleyton (A Prichard, 16.x.2002), Covehithe (J Clifton, 25.viii.2003), Ipswich (N Sherman,, 7.vii.2005, & 20.iv.2007), Dunwich Heath (D Brougham & C Moore,, Minsmere (J Langmaid & J Higgott, 18.vii.2006, 29.x.2006)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Doubtless quite common. Flew to light at Monks Soham on 23 July 1931 (Morley). See comment for C. albidella

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12.5-17mm


Confusion species
    AdultColeophora albidella
Coleophora ibipennella
Coleophora betulella
Coleophora kuehnella
    Larval caseColeophora hemerobiella

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Confirmed by dissection by Jon Clifton - Ipswich, Suffolk (3.vii.2010) © Neil Sherman

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Case found on Blackthorn. - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman

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Life history chart
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