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Coleophora betulella
Birch Pistol Case-bearer (Heinemann, 1876)
Coleophoridae
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Photo © Jon Clifton,  East Winch Common 2009

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Oak Pistol Case-bearer
Coleophora ibipennella
Cloaked Case-bearer
Coleophora kuehnella
Wingspan: 10-15 mm
Flight: June to early August
Foodplant:   Birch
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4  Case: C1
Status
Widespread.
Heathland with scattered Birch trees and margins of woods.
Larva mines leaves of Birch, subsequently living in a movable pistol-case.

Due to name changes, records have been thoroughly confused with C. ibipennella in the past.

[MBGBI vol3 p265]

Determination by Genitalia Examination Required

Recorded in 20 (27%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2024.

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
21/04/2024128TF93Little Snoring / Thursford
08/07/2023228TF63Dersingham
24/06/2023128TM09Great Ellingham
24/06/2023228TF62Sandringham
23/06/2023128TF63Snettisham
15/07/2022127TG10Hethersett
22/06/2022228TF62Sandringham
17/07/2021128TF72Flitcham
13/07/2021128TF63Dersingham
30/07/2020128TF92Great Ryburgh
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