495 * Apple & Plum Case-bearer * Coleophora spinellaPhotographs: 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
Kealkil, Co. Cork, SW Ireland. June 2011