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37.103 Coleophora follicularis (Vallot, 1802)
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case on Fleabane


Food Plant: Inula conyza (Ploughman’s Spikenard), Pulicaria (Common Fleabane), Eupatorium (Hemp-agrimony)

Mine: August to September, then May to June when on Inula. July to August, then April to May when on Eupatorium.

Notes: Larva mines leaves. On Eupatorium the case is extended at the anal end by adding silk and widened by cutting a ventral gusset. On Inula the case is firstly extended by adding rings of leaf-cuticle at the oral end, before reverting to the method used when on Eupatorium. The full-grown case is 10mm long. Case is shown on Fleabane.

Data: 11.vi.2012, Fowlmead, East Kent, VC15

Image:© David Shenton

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