Coleophora peribenanderi

Alternative names
Pale Thistle Case-bearer

Wingspan 12.5 to 15 mm.

Identification difficulty

In areas where the larval foodplants are plentiful.

When to see it

The adults fly in June and July.

Life History

The larva of this moth forms a case, approximately 11-12 mm long, beneath a thistle (Carduus or Cirsium) leaf, although burdock (Arctium) may sometimes be used. Feeding takes place July - September, and most larvae diapause full fed until pupation in May. Some larvae complete feeding in April. The shape of the ochreous case varies as, when being enlarged, it is elongated first, and the girth increased subsequently.

UK Status

Found fairly frequently throughout 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).

37.093 BF559

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map