Coleophora saxicolella

Alternative names
Orache Case-bearer

Wingspan 13 to16 mm.

Identification difficulty

Most likely to be seen in areas where the larval foodplants occur.

When to see it

Adults emerge in July and August.

Life History

The eggs of this species are laid on the florets of goosefoot (Chenopodium) and orache (Atriplex). The larva makes a silken case, 6-7mm long when fully formed. Pupation occurs in the case on the ground.

UK Status

Widespread but local in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

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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