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Coleophora albicostella (Duponchel, 1842) Species

Last modified: Nov. 18, 2023, 11:40 a.m.

There are only some very old observations of this species around Brussels and Leuven (BR) in 1858. At present, this species is most likely extinct in Belgium.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora albicostella
Vernacular names
Aardbeikokermot (NL)
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 141. view page




Wingspan: 11–13 mm.
The forewings are brownish grey contrasting with a broad white costa-line.
The antennae are distinctly ringed till the tip.

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Specimens in nature

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The laterally strongly compressed and bivalved case is pale yellow.
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The larvae live from autumn till May. They resume feeding after wintering.

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Flight periods

This species flies from the end of May till well in July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Filipendula ulmaria, Filipendula vulgaris, Fragaria vesca, Rubus fruticosus, Rubus idaeus, Sanguisorba minor and Sanguisorba officinalis
Host plant (genera):
Potentilla and Fragaria

This is an oligophagous species living on a variety of different plants although some are unconfirmed or even doubtful. But most host plants belong to the Rosaceae and Fragaria vesca is one of the primary hosts.

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