The Moths of Suffolk
584 Coleophora alticolella, Zeller, 1849

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Wherever its foodplant occurs

Flight Period : Single-brooded, June to July

Larval foodplants : many species of rush (Juncus), especially Soft Rush (Juncus effusus) and Heath Rush (Juncus squarrosus), less often on Jointed Rush (Juncus articulatus) and Hard Rush (Juncus inflexus)

Records : Santon Downham (B Palmer, 1987-9), Ipswich (N Sherman,, Eye (P Kitchener,, Minsmere (R Harvey,; R Harvey & J Higgott,

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant among, rushes with us. Everywhere (Ctw), Blakenham, Leiston, Fritton, Monks Soham, Thetford, &c.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 10-12mm


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

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Confirmed by dissection by Jon Clifton - Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman

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