Larch Case-bearer - Coleophora laricella


Wingspan 8 to10 mm. This is quite a dark species.

Identification difficulty

Anywhere that European Larch occurs.

When to see it

The adults fly in June and July and are attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on the needles of European Larch. When occurring in large numbers, entire trees can be damaged, the needles turning pale as the larvae eat them from within. A number of cases are built as the larvae grow, often in the centre of a floret of needles.

UK Status

A common species in suitable habitat throughout most of the British Isles. 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).

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

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