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37.040 Coleophora lithargyrinella Zeller, 1849
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the dorsal keel forks


Food Plant: Stellaria holostea (Greater Stitchwort) , Cerastium spp . (Chickweed), Silene maritima (Sea Campion), S.dioica (Red Campion)

Mine: September to October, feeding again from March to May.

Notes:  Larva mines leaves, making greenish-white blotches (this enables a distinction with Col.solitariella, which makes whitish blotches). The final case is tubular, 8mm long, with a dorsal keel which forks and continues as two ridges to the anal end of the case. The specimen shown is the first recorded in Lincolnshire.

Data: 17.ix.2014, Skellingthorpe Woods, South Lincs., VC53

Image:© Martin Gray

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