Coleophora conyzae
Coleophora conyzae
Larval case • © David Slade

37.036 BF521

Coleophora conyzae

Zeller, 1868

Wingspan 12-16 mm.

One of the larger Coleophorids, the adults being reasonably distinctive with their streaked white and buff forewings.

The species is mainly distributed in southern England and Wales, but a colony has also been located in Yorkshire, so it may occur elsewhere. The normal flight period is in June and July.

The larvae form a series of cases cut from leaf fragments of the foodplants, ploughman?s spikenard (Inula conyzae) or common fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica). The later cases have a noticeable downy appearance.
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