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37.106 ~ 0560 ~ Coleophora paripennella
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and locally common throughout Britain as far north as Aberdeenshire.

Montgomeryshire Status

Recorded from two sites in the north-east of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 10-13mm.

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)


Wherever the foodplant is found.


Common knapweed, creeping thistle.

Lifestage data

Case-bearing/leaf miner. Eggs laid on leaf. Larva first mines a tiny blotch, then constructs a case, mining continues forming blotches. Pupates within case, attached to the stem or ground.
Montgomeryshire photos