Other Common Names
Casebearer Moth, Clover(?) Casebearer Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Coleophora mayrella (Hübner, 1813)
Tinea mayrella Hübner, 1813
Phalaena fabriciella Villers, 1789
Porrectaria spissicornis Haworth, 1828
Elachista trochilipennella Costa, 1836
Coleophora coruscipennella Clemens, 1860
C. aeneusella Chambers, 1874
C. auropurpuriella Chambers, 1874
C. tuscaemiliella Costantini, 1923
Damophila moldaviella Nemes, 2004
Perhaps the most widespread and frequently collected coleophorid in North America (1)
Wingspan: 11-12 mm.
Powell & Opler (2009) reported the forewing length 4.5-6.5 mm. (1)
Wings metallic dark brown with no markings. Each antenna ringed with brown and white beyond thickened basal half. [description by Charles Covell]
Throughout the United States and southern Canada
The flight period is March to October with the peak in June and July.
The larvae feed on clover seeds, white clover (Trifolium repens).
Palearctic. Adventive in the Nearctic.
Covell Jr., C.V. 1984. Peterson's Field Guide to Eastern Moths
. Houghton Mifflin Company. p. 442, pl. 63(7). (2)
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America
. University of California Press. plate 6, fig. 16; p. 75. (1)