Main: (Coleophoridae / Coleophorinae)
37.080 [B&F: 0564] Coleophora virgaureae Stainton, 1857


Nationally scarce (Nb) in woodland, grassland, cliffs, sand-dunes and saltmarshes throughout much of the British Isles, reaching the Orkney Islands, but very rare or absent from the eastern and east Midland counties (MBGBI Vol 3). In Hampshire largely restricted to areas such as Parnholt Wood, Botley Wood and Havant Thicket, and rare on the coast; there have been a few recent records from the New Forest. Recorded on the Isle of Wight for the first time in over 50 years at Parkhurst Forest in 2010. Wingspan 10-13 mm. Like many of the Coleophora, imagines are virtually impossible to identify without recourse to dissection, and the larvae, which live in cases of characteristic form and which can sometimes be found on the foodplant, may be easier to identify by comparison against a reference collection. Larva feeds on seeds of Goldenrod and Sea Aster, living within a movable case. The case is similar to that C. asteris.

Flightime guide

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Distribution Map

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Record Density

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Detail records

VC8 Wiltshire (Hants county)
West Park (SU11)21-Sep-2001-Green, David G Larval
West Park (SU11)21-Sep-2001-Green, David G Larval
VC10 Isle of Wight
Nunney's Wood (SZ48)1947-Blair, Dr K.G.Case
Nunney's Wood (SZ48)1947-Blair, Dr K.G.Case
Parkhurst Forest (SZ49)02-Oct-2010-Cooke, DCase
Parkhurst Forest (SZ49)02-Oct-2010oneCooke, Dave Case
Parkhurst Forest (SZ49)06-Oct-2013twoNorriss, Tim, Lynn Fomison & Dave CookeCase
VC11 South Hampshire
Fareham (SU50)14-Jul-1972oneChadd, JAdult
Botley Wood (SU50)26-Aug-1972fourDickson, RichardAdult
Botley Wood (SU50)18-Aug-1973oneDickson, RichardAdult
West Walk, Wickham (SU51)17-Aug-1974oneDickson, RichardAdult
Havant Thicket (SU71)11-Oct-1992-Langmaid, JohnCase
Botley Wood (SU50)12-Oct-1992-Langmaid, JohnCase
Roydon Woods NR (SZ39)1999-Budd, Philip -
Hampshire (SZ39)28-Oct-1999-Budd, PALarval
Botley Wood (SU50)14-Sep-2007oneWheeler, Keith Adult
Botley Wood (SU50)18-Sep-2007oneWheeler, Keith Adult
Bell's Copse, Havant Thicket (SU71)02-Oct-2007-Elliott, Brian & Langmaid, JohnCase
Southsea (SZ69)13-Aug-2009oneLangmaid, JohnAdult
Southsea (SZ69)19-Aug-2009oneLangmaid, JohnAdult
Southsea (SZ69)21-Aug-2009twoLangmaid, JohnAdult
Portsmouth (SU60)07-Jun-2016oneThirlwell, Ian Adult
Portsmouth (SU60)08-Jun-2016oneThirlwell, Ian Adult

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