Coleophora albicans
Coleophora albicans
Larval case • North Norfolk • © Lee Gregory

37.101 BF576

Coleophora albicans

Zeller, 1849

Wingspan c. 12mm.

C. albicans is distributed along the eastern coastline from Kent northwards to southern Scotland, and occurs in saltmarshes and along sea-walls where the foodplant sea wormwood (Seriphidium maritimum) thrives.

The larva feeds at first on the leaves in a mine, and then builds a case from silk which it attaches to the plant surface and grazes from.

The adult moth flies in July and August and has a buff ground colour with white striations and darker specks.

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