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0515 ~ Coleophora albitarsella
UK Status

Resident. Locally common, found throughout England and Wales, being more scarce in the north.

Montgomeryshire Status

Recorded from a few sites in the north of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 10.5-13mm.

Confusion species


It is often impossible to separate the adults of some species. In some cases differences can be seen in various life stages.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)

Habitat

A wide range of habitats.

Foodplant

Ribbed melilot and tall melilot.

Lifestage data

Case-bearing/seed miner. Eggs laid on flower. Larva first eats out seeds, then forms a case from seed membrane. This is done with a series of individual seeds. Pupates within case, attached to the ground.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Image I F Smith, May 2005, Asterly Rocks.
Illustrates diagnostic features.

Image I F Smith, May 2005, Asterly Rocks.
Illustrates larval mine.

Image I F Smith, May 2005, Asterly Rocks.
Illustrates larval case.