Large Clover Case-bearer - Coleophora trifolii


Wingspan 15 to 20 mm. One of the larger of the Coleophoridae, this species has a metallic green sheen to the forewings.

Identification difficulty

It occurs in areas of open waste ground and grassland.

When to see it

On the wing in June and July. The adults fly in the daytime, but are also attracted to light at night.

Life History

The larvae feed on the seeds of Melilot.

UK Status

Locally distributed in England and Wales, being commoner in the south. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

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

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