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37.106 (BF560)

Dark Thistle Case-bearer   

Coleophora paripennella
Adult: 2
Larval Case: 1
Resident. Local.

Life cycle

Larvae present September-June, adults June-August.  The case is nearly black, in contrast to that of Coleophora peribenanderi whose case is pale.

Larval foodplants

Common Knapweed, Greater Knapweed, Lesser & Wood Burdock, Saw-wort, thistles.


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at an unknown site in Dumfriesshire by a person unknown prior to 1996 (MOGBI data), as was the first for Kirkcudbrightshire, with the Wigtownshire first being of a larval case found on Knapweed leaves at West Barr on Luce Bay on 29th April 2011.

4 record(s) from 4 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2011 1961 2019

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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