The Moths of Suffolk
541 Coleophora pyrrhulipennella, Zeller, 1839

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Locally common on heaths

Habitats : Heathland, moors and bogs

Flight Period : Single-brooded, late May to August

Larval foodplants : Ling (Calluna vulgaris) and Bell Heather (Erica cinerea)

Records : Dunwich Heath (A Prichard, 25.iv.1999), Martlesham Heath (A Prichard, 26.iv.1999 & 9.v.2004), Purdis Heath (A Prichard, 27.iv.1999 & 8.iv.2006), Ipswich (N Sherman & A Prichard, 30.iv.1999; N Sherman, 16.v.2005), Sutton Heath (A Prichard, 3.v.1999, 6.v.2001 & 9.iv.2006), Upper Hollesley (A Prichard, 9.iv.2006)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A very frequent heath kind. Observed with us at only Newmarket by Mr. Bond (Fenland); bred from Sutton in 1933-5 (Whit).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11-14.5mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultColeophora currucipennella
Coleophora albicosta

Compare confusion species
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Confirmed by dissection by Jon Clifton - Ipswich, Suffolk (30.vi.2010) © Neil Sherman

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Case swept from heather (Calluna - Sutton Heath, Suffolk (9.iv.2006) © A Prichard

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Preferred habitat - more open and drier parts of heathland - Sutton Heath, Suffolk (9.iv.2006) © A Prichard
Case found on Heather (Calluna vulgaris) - Ipswich, Suffolk (28.iv.2009) © Neil Sherman
on heather (Calluna) - Weather Heath, Suffolk (13.v.2012) © A Prichard
 
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Found on Heather (Calluna vulgaris) - Ipswich, Suffolk (10.vi.2015) © Neil Sherman