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Coleophora genistae
Petty-whin Case-bearer Stainton, 1857
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Photo © Oliver Wadsworth,  Case on Petty Whin. Monkwood Green. VC37. 2012

Similar West Midlands Species
Broom Case-bearer
Coleophora saturatella
Wingspan: 12-14mm
Flight: July to August
Foodplant:   Petty Whin
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Case: C2

Uncommon local resident of wet commons.

Genista anglica with larva mining the leaves from September to May, in a small, flat, herring-bone pattern case made from leaf fragments.

Two colonies lost in recent years in Worcestershire. It is likely now extinct in the county.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Case: A good quality photo or specimen of the case and plant/pabulum is required.

Recorded in 7 (5%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1872.
Last Recorded in 2015.
(Data up to end 2020)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
03/06/2015637SO86 - Droitwich Spa
12/07/2013136SO74 - Colwall & Malvern Hills AONB
19/05/20135237SO86 - Droitwich Spa
25/05/2012737SO86 - Droitwich Spa
May 1990+37SO73 - Ledbury & Eastnor
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