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37.054 Coleophora currucipennella Zeller, 1839
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black pistol case


Food Plant: Quercus spp. (Oak), Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam), Salix spp. (Sallow), Corylus spp. (Hazel)

Egg: Laid on a leaf

Mine: August - June

Notes: Initially mines the leaf and then after the winter it feeds by skeletonizing the leaves, or making holes in the leaf. The final case is 9mm long, black and pistol shaped. It has dorso-lateral flaps and the case stands erect with the oral opening at 80-90°. An uncommon species found in woodland containing Oak and Hornbeam. This case was feeding on Hornbeam.

Data: 19.v.2018, Dering Woods, East Kent, VC15, Andy Millar

Image:© David Shenton

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