Coleophora caespititiella

Alternative names
Buff Rush Case-bearer

Wingspan 8 to10 mm. The adults resemble several other Coleophora species, and are most reliably identified by dissection of the genitalia.

Identification difficulty

Near to areas with Juncus rush species.

When to see it

It flies mid May to June at dusk and night.

Life History

At the larval stage it can be distinguished from other Juncus feeders by its grey case heavily encrusted with blackish frass and debris, with paler longitudinal expansion grooves.

UK Status

It is widespread and locally common in England, but less so in Wales and Scotland. 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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