The Moths of Suffolk
560 Coleophora paripennella, Zeller, 1839

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Roadside verges, rough grassland, waste ground and other places where its foodplant occurs

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

Larval foodplants : Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) or Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense), and less often on other Centaurea or Cirsia species, burdock (Arctium) or Saw-wort (Serratula tinctoria)

Records : Knettishall Heath (Suffolk Moth Group, 27.x.2001; A Prichard, 29.v.2006), Lineage Wood (A Prichard, 25.v.2003), Lavenham (N Sherman, 9.iv.2004), Wordwell (A Prichard, 1.v.2004, 8.v.2004), Spouses Grove (N Sherman, 31.v.2004), Elveden (P Sterling, 15.vii.2004), Orford (A Prichard, 21.v.2005), Tattingstone (A Prichard, 1.vi.2005), Eye (P Kitchener, 25.vi.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Discovered at Ipswich in 1937 (Dr. Whittingham).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-13mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultColeophora fuscocuprella
Coleophora violacea
    Larval caseColeophora inulaeColeophora follicularis
Coleophora trochilellaColeophora linosyridella
Coleophora gardesanellaColeophora ramosella
Coleophora peribenanderiColeophora artemisiella

Compare confusion species
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Larval case on knapweed - Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (29.v.2006) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Case found on Knapweed. - Lineage wood, Suffolk (iv.2004) © Neil Sherman
Larval mines on Knapweed. - Lineage wood, Suffolk (iv.2004) © Neil Sherman
Larval case on thistle - Kings Forest, Suffolk (8.v.2004) © A Prichard
 
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Larval case - Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (29.v.2006) © A Prichard