Coleophora discordella

Alternative names
Lotus Case-bearer

Wingspan 11 to 13 mm. The adult is a buff or brown colour with a white costal streak and some other smaller white streaks.

Identification difficulty

Places where bird's-foot-trefoil species are plentiful.

When to see it

It flies in June and July.

Life History

The larva feeds on bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus spp.), building a pistol-like case from silk and excised pieces of leaf.

UK Status

A fairly common species occurring widely throughout the British Isles in a range of habitats where the foodplant is to be found. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland, the Ullesthorpe specimen of 15th June 2015 is only the 4th record for VC55.  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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