The wingspan is 11–12 mm. Coleophora species have narrow blunt to pointed forewings and a weakly defined tornus.The hindwings are narrow-elongate and very long-fringed. The upper surfaces have neither a discal spot nor transverse lines. Each abdomen segment of the abdomen has paired patches of tiny spines which show through the scales. The resting position is horizontal with the front end raised and the cilia give the hind tip a frayed and upturned look if the wings are rolled around the body. C. sylvaticella characteristics include:- Head greyish-ochreous. Antennae white. Forewings greyish-ochreous ; costa somewhat paler or whitish -tinged ; costal cilia posteriorly pale ochreous. Hindwings grey.  External image Adults are on wing in May and June.
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