The Moths of Suffolk
587 Coleophora caespititiella, Zeller, 1839

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Woodland glades, meadows, marshes, fens and salt-marshes

Flight Period : Single-brooded, mid-May to June

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

Records : Santon Downham (B Palmer, 1987-9), Rushmere St Andrew (J Higgott, 9.vi.2003), Minsmere (R Harvey, 4.vi.2004, 15.vi.2005 & 1.vii.2006; R Harvey & J Higgott, 26.v.2005, 17.vi.2005, 7.x.2005), Eye (P Kitchener, 21.v.2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Listed as non-Suffolk

Wingspan details : Wingspan 8-10mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultColeophora glaucicolella
Coleophora maritimella
Coleophora adjunctella
Elachista gleichenella
    Larval caseColeophora otidipennella
Coleophora glaucicolella
Coleophora alticolella

Compare confusion species
    Adult
    Larval case

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Gen. det. Jon Clifton - Ipswich, Suffolk (4.viii.2009) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Gen. det. Jon Clifton - Eye, Suffolk (13.vi.2009) © Paul Kitchener