The Moths of Suffolk
576 Coleophora artemisiella, Scott, 1861

National Status : Nationally Scarce A

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Sea-walls and edges of salt-marsh

Flight Period : Single-brooded, July to August

Larval foodplants : Sea Wormwood (Artemisia maritima)

Records : Hemley (N Sherman, 8.ix.2001)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Larval-cases first found on seeds of Artemisia maritima in Dunwich salt-marshes by Dr. Blair, and in Hemley salterns by Dr. Whittingham and Revd. A. P. Waller, all in September 1933 (Trans. ii, 161 and 296). Also at Hemley in 1935.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-13mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultColeophora follicularisColeophora trochilella
Coleophora gardesanellaColeophora ramosella
Coleophora peribenanderiColeophora adspersella
Coleophora versurella

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Larval case on Sea Wormwood - Bawdsey, Suffolk (5.ix.2004) © A Prichard

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found on Sea wormwood - Kirton creek, Suffolk (ix.2012) © Neil Sherman