Coleophora mayrella

Alternative names
Meadow Case-bearer

Wingspan 10-12 mm. The adults have a bronzy or greenish metallic sheen and the whitish antennae are thickened near the base.

Identification difficulty

It frequents grassy areas and waste ground

When to see it

June and July is the main flight period. Adults fly during the day as well as after dark when they are attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed within the flowers of White Clover. A larval case is built in the later stages but is very difficult to see.

UK Status

A widely distributed species throughout Britain and Ireland, it is common in places. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, though possibly under recorded here. 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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