The Moths of Suffolk
550 Coleophora silenella, Herrich-Schäffer, 1855

National Status : Nationally Scarce A

Local Status : Uncertain, no recent records (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Grassy slopes, roadside verges and waste ground

Flight Period : Single-brooded, June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris) or Nottingham Catchfly (Silene nutans)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A local-species in south-east England, on Silene. Hitherto found with us in only the Breck: one specimen at Tuddenham in 1911-2 (Nurse, Ent. 1913, 195); Brandon (Lord Walsingham); Bury in 1935 (Whit.); Cavenham 1936 (Gd).

Comments : Records of this species in Britain have been shown to be C. nutantella

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-19mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultColeophora conyzaeColeophora currucipennella
Coleophora pennellaColeophora asteris
Coleophora argentulaColeophora adspersella
Coleophora vestianellaColeophora tamesis
    Larval caseColeophora lithargyrinella
Coleophora galbulipennella

Compare confusion species
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Life history chart
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