Seq # 275020565

Coleophora lutarea (Haworth, 1828) Species

Last modified: Sept. 5, 2023, 8:02 p.m.

A rare species in Belgium.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora lutarea
Vernacular names
Grijze muurkokermot (NL)
Coleophora modestella (Duponchel, 1839)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1858. Catalogue des Microlépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 2: 45–162. On page 150.




The fore wings are uniformly coloured: greyish brown with most of the time a shine on the wings. The antennae are alternately ringed till the tip.
The wing span is 10–14 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


A seed of the food plant is used as a case.
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The larva spends almost its entire life in a seed-capsule, feeding on the ripening seeds. Only fully grown, it makes a silken case within the now empty and dry capsule. Very often it leaves the host plant and walks up a tree where it gnaws a cavity in the bark, leaving the case behind, and enters the winter diapause. The larvae are full fed and leave their capsule in mid June.
The adults are most of the time deep in a flower to suck the nectar. They are day active but also come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year, from the end of April till the end of May.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Stellaria holostea

In Belgium this species is monophagous on Stellaria holostea.

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