Apple & Plum Case-bearer - Coleophora spinella


Wingspan 10 to 12 mm. One of the grey Coleophoras. This species can only be definitely separated as an adult by reference to the genitalia, from the very similar C. coracipennella and C. prunifoliae.

Identification difficulty

In areas where the larval food plants occur.

When to see it

Flies in June and July.

Life History

The larva, like those species, creates blotch mines and later lives in a series of portable cases, on Hawthorn, Apple or Blackthorn among others.

UK Status

Found fairly frequently throughout England and Wales to southern Scotland and more locally in Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

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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