Coleophora taeniipennella

Alternative names
Small Rush Case-bearer

Wingspan 9 to 12 mm. 

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Gen det required.


This moth is found in damp habitats and is associated with various Juncus species, most commonly Jointed Rush and Sharp-flowered Rush.

When to see it

The adult moths fly in a single generation in June and July.

Life History

The larvae feed on the seeds of Juncus species and create a silken case with the seed husk around it.

UK Status

Seems to be widespread in Britain, but apparently not regularly recorded, probably due to the difficulty of identification. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Leicester Forest East record of 31st July 2020 is believed to be the first for VC55.

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

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