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0517 ~ Coleophora alcyonipennella
UK Status

Resident. Found in scattered colonies throughout much of Britain.

Montgomeryshire Status

First recorded in 2012 at Middletown in the east of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F 11.5-14.5mm.

Confusion species

Care should be taken as other species of Coleophora can look very similar.
Flight time & Voltinity (Bivoltine.)


Grassland and roadside verges.



Lifestage data

Leaf miner. Eggs laid between the petals of a floret. Larva first lives inside floret eating green seeds, later bores through calyx to reach seeds within. Pupates inside flower head. 2nd generation construct case to overwinter.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by DB, 19th May 2012, Middletown