Coleophoridae

0517 (ABH37.035) Small Clover Case-bearer Coleophora alcyonipennella, (Kollar, 1832)

KR02500

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 is one of several very similar Coleophora species which can only reliably be distinguished by genital dissection.

 

The adults have a metallic bronzy-green/purple sheen at the apex of forewing.

 

Although both this species and C. frischella are on the British list, C. frischella has only been recorded a handful of times from the west of Britain.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.

Wingspan: 11.5-14.5mm
Foodplant(s): clovers (Trifolium spp.)
Flying: Two generations, May-June and August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Nationally Scarce B

Habitat

Rough grass and roadside verges.

Regional Information

Recorded in 41 (15.2%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in September 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 17 May to 30 September

Similar Species
Seghill
Seghill
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Large Clover Case-bearer Coleophora trifolii
Clover Case-bearer Coleophora frischella
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths

Nationally Scarce B