Coleophora milvipennis

Alternative names
Buff Birch Case-bearer

Wingspan 11 to13mm. The adult moths have buff to ochreous forewings with a whitish streak along the costa. Similar to a number of other Coleophora species, and gen det is necessary for an accurate id.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats, especially areas containing Birch.

When to see it

There is a single generation with adults in July.

Life History

The larval foodplant is Birch the larva constructing a long narrow case from which it feeds, creating brown blotches on the leaves.

UK Status

A local species, distributed in the southern half of England to Yorkshire, and in parts of Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Sapcote record of 20th July 2013 is the first 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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