The Moths of Suffolk
549 Coleophora pennella, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Nationally Scarce A

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : On dry calcareous or sandy soils or on shingle beaches

Flight Period : SIngle-brooded, late June to July

Larval foodplants : Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare), or Alkanet (Anchusa officinale)

Records : Wordwell (A Prichard, 11.iv.2004, 1.v.2004, 11.vi.2005; N Sherman, 25.v.2004, 1.v.2005), Chalk Lane, King's Forest (A Prichard, 8.v.2004)

Morley's Final Catalogue : The limit of its northeast range is Suffolk, where it is common among vipers-bugloss at Brandon (Barrett). Worlington in 1925 and Tuddenham in 1933 (Whit). 'On the Breck sands' (Entom. 1886, 82).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-21mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultColeophora conyzaeColeophora currucipennella
Coleophora silenellaColeophora asteris
Coleophora argentulaColeophora tamesis

Compare confusion species
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Confirmed by gen.det. by Jon Clifton - Wordwell, Kings forest, Suffolk (13.vi.2014) © Neil Sherman

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Case on Vipers Bugloss - Kings Forest, Suffolk (8.v.2005) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Case on Vipers Bugloss - Kings Forest, Suffolk (8.v.2005) © A Prichard
Case on Vipers Bugloss - Kings Forest, Suffolk (8.v.2005) © A Prichard
Case on Vipers Bugloss - Kings Forest, Suffolk (8.v.2005) © A Prichard
 
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Case on Viper's bugloss. - Wordwell, Suffolk (v.2005) © Neil Sherman
Found on Viper's bugloss - Red Lodge, Suffolk (26.v.2013) © Neil Sherman