Coleophora siccifolia

Alternative names
Grey Birch case-bearer

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

Identification difficulty

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).

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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