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0544 ~ Coleophora albicosta
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and common throughout the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

Although recorded from just two sites, this species is likely to be common, probably under-recorded.

Wingspan :   M & F, 12-15.5mm.

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

Grassland, downs and heaths.

Foodplant

Gorse.

Lifestage data

Case-bearing/seed miner. Eggs laid on flower. Larva first mines seedpod, then constructs a case, mining continues leaving holes in seeds. Pupates within case, attached to a dead gorse flower.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, Commins Coch

Photo by PRW, Commins Coch

Photo by MDH, 5th June 2010, Llanfyllin