|0517 ~ Coleophora alcyonipennella|
Resident. Found in scattered colonies throughout much of Britain.
First recorded in 2012 at Middletown in the east of the county.
Wingspan : M & F 11.5-14.5mm.
Care should be taken as other species of Coleophora can look very similar.
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Grassland and roadside verges.
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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Photo by DB, 19th May 2012, Middletown