Lep: Coleophoridae
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37.044 Coleophora discordella Zeller, 1849
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the case has a ringed appearance

 

Food Plant: Lotus corniculatus (Common bird's-foot trefoil), Lotis pedunculatus (Greater bird's-foot trefoil)

Egg: underside of leaf, normally in the angle netween veins

Mine: September-May

Notes: Found widely in a variety of habitats throughout the UK. The initial mine is like that of a nepticulid. The case is made form excised leaf portions, which are added to the oral end, leading to the ringed appearance (as shown). The larva causes the leaf to have white blotches. Identification cannot be made on these alone as similar blotches can be made by early instar larvae of the Common Blue butterfly (Polyommatus icarus)

Data: 12.x.2007, Hurlstone, South Somerset, VC5

Image:© James McGill

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