The Moths of Suffolk
553 Coleophora striatipennella, Nylander, 1848

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Rough grassland, wasteland, woodland rides, fens and marshes

Flight Period : Single-brooded, mid-May to August, possibly with a second brood

Larval foodplants : Lesser Stitchwort (Stellaria graminea), Common Chickweed (Stellaria media) or Common Mouse-ear (Cerastium fontanum)

Records : Santon Downham (B Palmer, 1987-9), Ipswich (N Sherman, 5.vi.2003, 9.vi.2003), Elveden (B Statham, 16-23.vi.2003), Eye (P Kitchener, 28.v.2005 & 1.vii.2005), Minsmere (R Harvey & J Higgott, 17.vi.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Rarely on Stellaria graminea, Bentley Woods in June (Mly); Aldeburgh in 1892 and Flixton (Ctw); Tuddenham (Wrn).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 11-13mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultColeophora inulaeColeophora follicularis
Coleophora trochilellaColeophora linosyridella
Coleophora peribenanderiColeophora therinella
Coleophora argentulaColeophora versurella
Coleophora pappiferellaColeophora artemisiella
Coleophora otidipennellaColeophora tamesis

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Gen.det. Jon Clifton - Oakley, nr. Eye, Suffolk (8.vi.2008) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Male. Id confirmed by gen.det. (Jon Clifton) - Ipswich, Suffolk (7.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman