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Coleophora lixella
Downland Case-bearer
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Coleophora tricolor
Basil Thyme Case-bearer

Walsingham, 1899529 / 37.062
=Basil-thyme Case-bearer

Norfolk status
Extremely rare species.
Occurs in Breckland on poor scantily covered grassland on calcareous soils. Diurnal flying especially towards dusk.

Similar to Coleophora lixella, but shows a long brown basal tuft on brown/white fully ringed antennae.

Discovered in the UK near Merton, Norfolk in 1899 where it was recorded sparingly in the area until 1914, then went unrecorded for 50 years!

For 10 years, up until 2011, a confidential Butterfly Conservation larval survey by Gerry Haggett, monitored the population annually in the Norfolk and Suffolk Brecks.
Caterpillars were originally found at just two sites, and adults at a third. However, the research and survey work discovered strong populations at a number of smaller sites.

Recorded regularly at known Breckland sites.

New UK BAP priority species.

Verification Grade Comment: Adult: If photos, all complex antennal differences to exclude C. lixella must be visible

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Case: A good quality photo or specimen of the case and plant/pabulum and the bred moth is required.

Recorded in 7 (9%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Description of a British Coleophora New to Science - Walsingham 1899. Ent. Mon. Mag 35. 201. 1899.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10kGeneral Area
11/09/2023228TL98East Harling Heath
30/08/2023728TL78Weeting Heath (Gravelpit Wood)
30/08/2023928TL78Weeting Heath (Gravelpit Wood)
28/06/2023128TL98East Harling Heath
05/07/20222028TL98West Harling Heath
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Wingspan: 16-19mm.
Flight: June - Aug.
Foodplant:   Basil thyme.
Nat Status: pRDB2
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3  Case: C3
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