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537 Coleophora kuehnella (Goeze, 1783)
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makes a large case enclosed by transparent flaps


Food Plant: Quercus spp. (Oak)

Egg: laid on a leaf

Mine: September - June

Notes: Initially feeds underside of the leaf making tiny holes in groups. The larva feeds into November then overwinters attached to teh angle of a twig. In the spring and constructs a case as shown with a large 'pallium'of scales - the autumnal ones being blackish. A local species preferring the sunny edges of woods and rides.

Data: 28.viii.2006, Merryfield Airfield, Somerset, VC5

Image:© James McGill

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