Coleophoridae

0493 (ABH37.015) Coleophora serratella, (Linnaeus, 1761)

KR02468

Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths


General Information

This moth is very variable in colour. It is the most common of Coleophorid species found in the UK.

 

The indistinct rings near the tip of the antenna distinguish it from C. gryphipennella although genital examination is usually necessary for a definitive identification.

 

The larvae mine the leaves of the foodplant and then form a case which is fixed at an angle between twigs for the winter.

 

Pupates inside the larval case on the upper side of a leaf.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.

Wingspan: 11-14mm
Foodplant(s): birches (Betula spp.), elms (Ulmus spp.), Alder (Alnus glutinosa), Hazel (Corylus avellana)
Flying: One generation, July-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Regional Information

Recorded in 46 (17%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in May 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 19 May to 19 August

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 07 May to 16 October

Similar Species
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Brown, black
No. of Proleg Pairs:
4