Coleophora betulella

Alternative names
White Birch Case-bearer

Wingspan 10 to 15 mm. This species has a relatively plain whitish form as well as a yellowish-streaked form.

Identification difficulty

Occupies heathy habitats where the foodplant grows.

When to see it

The adult moths fly in June and July.

Life History

Feeding on Birch (Betula) leaves, the larvae of this species create a distinctive 'pistol' shaped case from silk, rather like the closely related C. ibipennella, which feeds on oak. Indeed, at one time they were believed to be conspecific.

UK Status

The species is distributed thinly in England and Wales as far north as Cumbria. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

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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