Lep:Coleophoridae
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37.085 Coleophora squamosella Stainton, 1856
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Food Plant: Erigeron acris (Blue Fleabane)

Egg: laid on a flower

Mine: September-May

Notes: The larva feeds initially on the seeds in a case which is well hidden in the pappus (as shown). The case is trivalved, blackish, 5-6mm long with pappus hairs sometimes incorporated . The larva is fully fed in October and then enters diapause. Found in dry thin grasslands, waste ground and raodside verges. Can be locally common in Southern England.

National Status: pRDB2

Bradley No: 569

Data: 10.x.2019, Aston Rowant, Oxon, VC23

Image:© Will Langdon

References:
Emmet, A M (1996), The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland, 3, Yponomeutidae-Elachistidae
Langmaid J R, Palmer S M, Young M R (2018), A Field Guide to the Smalller Moths of Great Britain and Ireland

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