Coleophora ochrea
Coleophora ochrea
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Coleophora ochrea

(Haworth, 1828)


Wingspan 15-19 mm.

This rather large Coleophorid is locally distributed mainly in the southern counties of England and Wales.

It occupies dry calcareous habitats, where the larval foodplant, common rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium) grows, preferring plants that overhang ledges.

The larva (September to May) builds a case from leaf fragments, adding sections as it grows, creating a long narrow and distinctive case.

The adults fly in July and August and have ochreous forewings, as described in the scientific name.
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