Coleophora lutipennella

Alternative names
Common Oak Case-bearer

Wingspan 10 to12mm. This species is reddish brown in colour.

Identification difficulty

Most common near to well wooded areas containing oak, but may be encountered almost anywhere.

When to see it

The adult moths emerge in a single generation in July and August, and are attracted to light, often flying some distance from the host plant.

Life History

The larvae of this species feed on oak forming a pear shaped silken case, initially on the underside of a leaf, moving its case to an angle of twigs to overwinter.

UK Status

The moth is thought to be common in England, Wales and southern 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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