Clover Case-bearer - Coleophora alcyonipennella

Description

Wingspan around 12 mm. The species bears a close resemblance to other members of the genus. In sunlight he wings have a purple-red metallic sheen and the antennae whiten slightly towards the tips.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

It frequents rough grassy habitats where the main food plant, White Clover, occurs.

When to see it

Adult moths fly in two generations, in May and June and again in late July and August.

Life History

The larva feeds inside a case formed from a floret and are virtually impossible to see on the flower head. Larvae can be obtained by collecting the browning flower heads and waiting for the larvae to detach their cases on the main flower head.

UK Status

Distributed across much of the British Isles. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Lack of records suggest that this species is uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland but this is possibly due to the difficulty of identification. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

Reference
37.035 BF517

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