Seq # 275020040

Coleophora albella (Thunberg, 1788) Species

Last modified: Nov. 18, 2023, 11:16 a.m.

A very rare species, only found in the beginning of the 20th century in NA. Rediscovered in 2019 in the same province.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora albella
Vernacular names
Witrandkokermot (NL), Viviparous case-bearer (EN), Weißrand-Miniersackträger (DE)
Coleophora leucapennella (Hübner, 1827)
First mention in Belgium
De Crombrugghe G. 1906a. Catalogue raisonné des Microlépidoptères de Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société entomologique de Belgique XIII: 1–172; XIV: 1–155. On page 73 (as leucapennella). view page




Wingspan: 14–17 mm.
C. albella is clearly dark grey with a broad white costa-line.
The antennae are ringed till the tip.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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An empty seed-head is used as a case by the caterpillar. While growing, it can build several seed-heads together, with a maximum of five (cfr. Coleophora trifolii (Curtis, 1832) on Melilotus sp.).
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The female is viviparous, no eggs are oviposited!
The larvae live on Silene flowers, especially inside the seeds.
The fully grown larva leaves the seed case looking for a tree to bore into the bark.
It overwinters and even pupates there in May.

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Flight periods

In May, probably also in June.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Lychnis flos-cuculi, Silene latifolia, Silene maritima, Silene vulgaris and Silene nutans
Host plant (genera):
Silene and Lychnis

Lychnis flos-cuculi is the main food plant, but cases have also been recorded on other Lychnis spp. and also Silene spp. are accepted.

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This species has a preference for plants living in open places inside woods.

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