Coleophora versurella

Alternative names
Pale Orache Case-bearer

Wingspan 11 to15 mm. The adults are similar to several other species and are best identified by reference to the genitalia.

Identification difficulty

This moth inhabits a variety of open habitats.

When to see it

It is on the wing from June to September and is mainly nocturnal.

Life History

The larval foodplants are mainly orache and goosefoot. In its later stages, the larva creates a case made from silk and specks of plant material or droppings.

UK Status

Occurring locally in England and Wales and parts of southern Ireland. 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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