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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jun.

Forewing: 6-8mm.

Foodplant: Gorse.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18951883188319721883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records11228122616
Number of individuals15048279636
Unique positions15168118
Unique locations13168116
Adult records1102792215
Immature records10120

For the county, we have a total of 194 records from 54 sites. First recorded in 1883.


37.063 Coleophora albicosta 05 larval case on gorse
© Andy Nunn
37.063 Coleophora albicosta 04 larval case on gorse
© Andy Nunn
37.063 Coleophora albicosta 03 larval cases on Gorse
© Derek Parkinson
37.063 Coleophora albicosta 02 larva in case among gorse pods
© Derek Parkinson
37.063 Coleophora albicosta 01
© Terry Box, 7 Jun 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely but thinly distributed throughout all five vice-counties.

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