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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and local resident.

Local Record: Grade G   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-mid Jul.

Forewing: 5-6mm.

Foodplant: Soft-rush and Heath Rush.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19991984199019652006
Year last recorded20142014201220122011
Number of records18720183
Number of individuals22520481164
Unique positions10713152
Unique locations10712132
Adult records17616143
Immature records11440

For the county, we have a total of 66 records from 44 sites. First recorded in 1965.


37.073 Coleophora alticolella 01
© Charlie Streets, 18 Jun 2009

Species Account

Similar species: Adults similar to several other Coleophera species, and requires gen. det., larval cases on juncus similar for alticolella and glaucicolella, but larva distinct with care.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and often abundant among rushes throughout all five vice-counties.

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