The Moths of Suffolk
581 Coleophora taeniipennella, Herrich-Schäffer, 1855

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Fens, marshes, damp meadows, ditches bordering woodland rides and other places where its foodplant grows

Flight Period : Single-brooded, June to July

Larval foodplants : Jointed Rush (Luzula articulatus), Sharp-flowered Rush (Juncus acutiflorus) or occasionally other Juncus

Records : Minsmere (R Harvey, 10,vi.2004, 1.vii.2006; J Langmaid & J Higgott, 27.vii.2007), Elveden (P Sterling, 15.vii.2004), Ipswich (N Sherman, 12.x.2005), Dunwich Heath (C Moore & D Brougham, 1.viii.2007)

Wingspan details : Wingspan 9-12mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultColeophora galbulipennellaColeophora striatipennella
Coleophora inulaeColeophora follicularis
Coleophora trochilellaColeophora linosyridella
Coleophora ramosellaColeophora peribenanderi
Coleophora therinellaColeophora asteris
Coleophora argentulaColeophora versurella
Coleophora squamosellaColeophora pappiferella
Coleophora otidipennellaColeophora tamesis
    Larval caseColeophora lassellaColeophora antennariella
Coleophora sylvaticellaColeophora tamesis
Coleophora maritimellaColeophora adjunctella

Compare confusion species
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Case found on seed head of Sharp flowered rush. - Ipswich, Suffolk (x.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Case on seed-head of Sharp-flowered Rush - North Cove, Suffolk (16.x.2010) © A Prichard
Case on seed-head of Sharp-flowered Rush - North Cove, Suffolk (16.x.2010) © A Prichard
Case on seed-head of Sharp-flowered Rush - North Cove, Suffolk (16.x.2010) © A Prichard
 
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Case on seed-head of Sharp-flowered Rush - North Cove, Suffolk (16.x.2010) © A Prichard
Female. Id confirmed by gen.det. (Jon Clifton) - Carlton Marshes, Suffolk (31.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman