Irish moths

Apple & Plum Case-bearer, Coleophora spinella

Family: Coleophoridae

495     *     Apple & Plum Case-bearer     *     Coleophora spinella

Photographs: Case on Pear (Pyrus). June 2011.

Wingspan: 10-12mm. Adult requires gen.det for identification
Flight time: June-July

Food plants include Hawthorn (Crataegus), Apple (Malus) and Blackthorn (Prunus)
Mine: September, then April-May.
The larva lives for two years, creating a boomerang-like case in the autumn of the first year. In the second year it makes a 6mm trivalved tubular leaf case, the mouth angle c. 45


Apple & Plum Case-bearer, Coleophora spinella


Apple & Plum Case-bearer, Coleophora spinella

Apple & Plum Case-bearer, Coleophora spinella
Kealkil, Co. Cork, SW Ireland. June 2011

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