The Moths of Suffolk
582 Coleophora glaucicolella, Wood, 1892

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Damp areas of every kind, fens, marshes, boggy patches on moorland, damp meadows, moorland rides, salt-marshes

Flight Period : Single-brooded, June to August

Larval foodplants : Various species of rush (Juncus), particularly Hard Rush (Juncus inflexus), Compact Rush (Juncus conglomeratus), Soft Rush (Juncus effusus) and Saltmarsh Rush (Juncus gerardii)

Records : Santon Downham (B Palmer, 1987-9), Groton Wood (M Hall, 31.v.1990), Elveden (P Sterling, 15.vii.2004), Minsmere (R Harvey & J Higgott, 21.vii.2005, 1.vii.2006; J Langmaid, J Higgott & R Harvey, 28.vii.2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Hemley, discovered by the Bishop who bred it in 1934-5.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-12mm


Confusion species
    AdultColeophora alticolella
Coleophora maritimella
Coleophora adjunctella
Coleophora caespititiella
    Larval caseColeophora otidipennella
Coleophora alticolella
Coleophora caespititiella

Compare confusion species
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Gen. det. Jon Clifton - Eye, Suffolk (8.vii.2010) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Confirmed by Jon Clifton by dissection - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Confirmed by gen.det. by Jon Clifton - Ipswich, Suffolk (17.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Female. Id confirmed by gen.det. (Jon Clifton) - Ipswich, Suffolk (10.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman