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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 5mm.

Foodplant: Sea-lavender.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded2001
Year last recorded2012
Number of records11
Number of individuals10
Unique positions4
Unique locations4
Adult records10
Immature records1

For the county, we have a total of 11 records from 4 sites. First recorded in 2001.


37.003 Coleophora limoniella 01 case on Sea Lavender
© Dave Shenton

Species Account

Argus 47, 2004:
VC61. Welwick salt marsh, reared commonly in late June/early July 2001 from seed-heads and stems of sea lavender collected 30.5.2001 (HEB, RIH). NEW COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (HEB, 2011): A moth of coastal saltmarshes, it occurred in south-eastern coastal localities as far north as Lincolnshire. First found at Welwick salt marsh (VC61) in 2001 when many were reared from sea lavender, it has since been recorded at Spurn from 2006 onwards. Presently restricted to the Humber estuary in Yorkshire, it may be worth looking for this moth on the north-east salt-marshes around the Tees.

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