The Moths of Suffolk
544 Coleophora albicosta, (Haworth, 1828)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Locally common in heathland areas

Habitats : Heathland, rough grassland, downs and other areas where gorse is plentiful

Flight Period : Single-brooded, May to June

Larval foodplants : Gorse (Ulex europaeus), probably other gorse species

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant everywhere among gorse. Much overlooked: Newmarket (Fenland); Brandon (Barrett); near Thetford.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 12-15.5mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultColeophora vibicella
Coleophora pyrrhulipennella

Compare confusion species
    Adult

Click to view full size image
Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2007) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
JFMAMJJASOND
7 77 100 3 1

Life history chart
JFMAMJJASOND
larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause larvapupa pupaimago imago larva larva larva larva larval diapause larval diapause

Further Photographs

Click to view full size imageClick to view full size imageClick to view full size image
Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2008) © Neil Sherman
Tangham, Suffolk (8.v.2009) © Lee Gregory
Ruttles Wood, Inverness-shire (24.vi.2009) © Lee Gregory
 
Click to view full size image
Confirmed by dissection, Jon Clifton - Iken Cliff, Suffolk (30.vi.2013) © Paul Kitchener