Coleophora prunifoliae

    Alt Name
    New Sloe Case-bearer
    Description

    Wingspan 10 to 12 mm. A mid grey coloured moth which is externally very similar to a number of other Coleophorids and is only safely identified by dissection.

    Photo ID?
    Habitat

    Areas where the larval foodplants occur.

    When to see it

    From mid-June to the end of July.

    Life History

    The larval foodplants are blackthorn, apple and dwarf cherry the larva forming a case similar to that of P. coracipennella.

    UK Status

    Only recently added to the British list when it was discovered in Cornwall, this species is now known from a number of English counties, although due to confusion with other species, details of its distribution are limited. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B, but this will almost certainly be revised when its true distribution becomes better known.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records at present, although the true species distribution locally is not yet known. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    37.017 BF494a

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map