Coleophora spinella (Schrank, 1802) APPLE AND PLUM CASEBEARER MOTH Apple and Plum Case-bearer; Coleophora cerasivorella Packard, 1870; Coleophora nigricella sensu Pierce and Metcalfe, 1935, et auctt nec Stephens, 1834; Coleophora serratella sensu auctt nec Linnaeus, 1761
Apple & Plum Case-bearer
Wingspan 10-12 mm.
Distributed throughout England and Wales to southern Scotland and locally in Ireland. This species can only be definitely separated as an adult by reference to the genitalia, from the very similar
The larva, like those species, creates blotch mines and later lives in a series of portable cases, on hawthorn (
), apple (
) or blackthorn (
) among others.
The moth is quite common within its range, and flies in June and July.