Coleophora siccifolia

    Alt Name
    Grey Birch case-bearer
    Description

    Wingspan 13 or 14 mm. A grey species often quite glossy looking in suitable light, sometimes with a slight ochreous tinge.

    Photo ID?
    Habitat

    Hedgerows, and open country where the larval foodplants occur.

    When to see it

    May to July – it is one of the earliest coleophorids to emerge.

    Life History

    Larva mines leaves of Birch, Hawthorn, Apple and Rowan, living within a movable case, over-wintering twice.

    UK Status

    Quite a scarce and local species in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    37.013 BF501

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map