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  Coleophora conyzae (Spikenard Case-bearer)    Photo © Oliver Wadsworth

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67 species. Wingspan 8-15mm. A large family of narrow elongate moths which rest with porrect antennae. The imagines of many species are very similar in appearance and often need dissection for accurate identification. Their larvae mine in leaves or seed heads , then construct portable cases from silk and plant material using them as habitations from which they mine characteristic blotches from leaves or bore into the seed heads. These leaf mines are round translucent blotches which do not contain any frass and they have a small round hole in the under surface of the leaf where the larva attached its case before mining into the leaf. Some species have initially small curved cases in the autumn in which they overwinter attached to a twig or stem of their foodplant. They then mine into a leaf and cut pieces out of mined leaf and construct larger cases, which they may enlarge as they grow, or change to a bigger one, before pupating in the case, often attached to a stem or on the upper surface of a leaf of the foodplant. A few species make a black case from a mixture of silk and frass and feed in the spring by eating holes in leaves. The seed head feeding species either make silken cases or sometimes make cases entirely or in part from a seed head of the foodplant. Many species are most easily identified from the often characteristic form of their cases and from the foodplant.

37.002 487 Coleophora lutarea
Stitchwort Case-bearer
37.005 490 Coleophora lutipennella
Common Oak Case-bearer
37.006 491 Coleophora gryphipennella
Rose Case-bearer
37.007 492 Coleophora flavipennella
Tipped Oak Case-bearer
37.008 496a Coleophora adjectella
Southern Case-bearer
37.009 496 Coleophora milvipennis
Buff Birch Case-bearer
37.010 498 Coleophora alnifoliae
Brown Alder Case-bearer
37.011 497 Coleophora badiipennella
Pale Elm Case-bearer
37.012 499 Coleophora limosipennella
Dark Elm Case-bearer
37.013 501 Coleophora siccifolia
Grey Birch Case-bearer
37.014 494 Coleophora coracipennella
Blackthorn Case-bearer
37.015 493 Coleophora serratella
Common Case-bearer
37.016 495 Coleophora spinella
Apple & Plum Case-bearer
37.017 494a Coleophora prunifoliae
New Sloe Case-bearer
37.019 502 Coleophora trigeminella
Scarce Thorn Case-bearer
37.020 503 Coleophora fuscocuprella
Hazel Case-bearer
37.022 504 Coleophora lusciniaepennella
Osier Case-bearer
37.024 506 Coleophora vitisella
Northern Case-bearer
37.026 509 Coleophora violacea
Violet Case-bearer
37.027 513 Coleophora potentillae
Shaded Case-bearer
37.028 510 Coleophora juncicolella
Least Case-bearer
37.029 511 Coleophora orbitella
Pale Birch Case-bearer
37.030 512 Coleophora binderella
Grey Alder Case-bearer
37.032 515 Coleophora albitarsella
White-legged Case-bearer
37.033 516 Coleophora trifolii
Large Clover Case-bearer
37.034 517a Coleophora frischella
White-clover Case-bearer
37.035 517 Coleophora alcyonipennella
Clover Case-bearer
37.036 521 Coleophora conyzae
Spikenard Case-bearer
37.038 522 Coleophora lineolea
Woundwort Case-bearer
37.039 523 Coleophora hemerobiella
Black-stigma Case-bearer
37.040 524 Coleophora lithargyrinella
Sandy Case-bearer
37.041 546 Coleophora genistae
Petty-whin Case-bearer
37.042 545 Coleophora saturatella
Broom Case-bearer
37.043 548 Coleophora niveicostella
Drab Case-bearer
37.044 547 Coleophora discordella
Lotus Case-bearer
37.046 519 Coleophora deauratella
Red-clover Case-bearer
37.048 518 Coleophora mayrella
Meadow Case-bearer
37.049 533 Coleophora anatipennella
Pistol Case-bearer
37.050 532 Coleophora albidella
White Sallow Case-bearer
37.051 537 Coleophora kuehnella
White Oak Case-bearer
37.052 535 Coleophora ibipennella
Forest Case-bearer
37.053 536 Coleophora betulella
White Birch Case-bearer
37.054 534 Coleophora currucipennella
Scarce Wood Case-bearer
37.055 541 Coleophora pyrrhulipennella
Ling Case-bearer
37.059 538 Coleophora vibicella
Large Gold Case-bearer
37.061 530 Coleophora lixella
Downland Case-bearer
37.063 544 Coleophora albicosta
Gorse Case-bearer
37.066 526 Coleophora laricella
Larch Case-bearer
37.069 587 Coleophora caespititiella
Buff Rush Case-bearer
37.070 583 Coleophora tamesis
Jointed-rush Case-bearer
37.071 582 Coleophora glaucicolella
Grey Rush Case-bearer
37.072 578 Coleophora otidipennella
Wood-rush Case-bearer
37.073 584 Coleophora alticolella
Common Rush Case-bearer
37.074 581 Coleophora taeniipennella
Small Rush Case-bearer
37.076 580 Coleophora sylvaticella
Hereford Case-bearer
37.080 564 Coleophora virgaureae
Golden-rod Case-bearer
37.081 561 Coleophora therinella
Black-bindweed Case-bearer
37.083 565 Coleophora saxicolella
Orache Case-bearer
37.084 566 Coleophora sternipennella
Speckled Case-bearer
37.086 568 Coleophora versurella
Pale Orache Case-bearer
37.087 572 Coleophora vestianella
Eastern Case-bearer
37.090 577 Coleophora artemisicolella
Mugwort Case-bearer
37.093 559 Coleophora peribenanderi
Pale Thistle Case-bearer
37.095 556 Coleophora trochilella
Verge Case-bearer
37.098 554 Coleophora inulae
Fleabane Case-bearer
37.099 553 Coleophora striatipennella
Hedge Case-bearer
37.100 525 Coleophora solitariella
Ochreous Case-bearer
37.102 563 Coleophora argentula
Yarrow Case-bearer
37.103 555 Coleophora follicularis
Agrimony Case-bearer
37.104 567 Coleophora adspersella
Dusted Case-bearer
37.106 560 Coleophora paripennella
Dark Thistle Case-bearer
37.107 589 Coleophora clypeiferella
Body-marked Case-bearer
37.109 527 Coleophora wockeella
Betony Case-bearer
37.054 534 Coleophora currucipennella
Scarce Wood Case-bearer

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