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37.073 ~ 0584 ~ Coleophora alticolella
UK Status

Resident. Widespread and often abundant throughout the British Isles.

Montgomeryshire Status

Recorded from a few sites in the western half of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F, 10-12mm.

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.


Rush spp.

Lifestage data

Case-bearing/seed miner. Eggs laid between florets. Larva first mines seed capsule, then constructs a case and from then on feeds externally. Pupates within case, attached to a stem.
Montgomeryshire photos