Seq # 275020060

Coleophora albicosta (Haworth, 1828) Species

Last modified: Nov. 22, 2023, 9:47 a.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium that has been found in more places since 2004. Nevertheless it remains rarely observed.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora albicosta
Vernacular names
Gaspeldoornkokermot (NL), Gorse case-bearer (EN), Stechginster-Sackmotte (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1863. Addenda au catalogue des Lépidoptères de Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 7: 87–93. On page 92. view page




Wingspan: 12–16 mm.
The forewing of this species is light brown with lighter longitudinal stripes.
The antennae are ringed alternating white and black till the tip.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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The fully developed case is ± 7 mm long, tri-valved and with a mouth angle of 45°–60°.
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The larva bores into a seed pod of Ulex europaeus or Genista spp. and feeds on the developing seeds. Later it leaves the pod and constructs a cigar-shaped case made of sepals. Finally, it leaves its feeding case and spins another case entirely made of silk.
The larva pupates after overwintering.
The adults are day-active, especially at dusk and later on come infrequently to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from late May till early July in one generation.

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Host plant (species):
Ulex europaeus and Genista germanica
Host plant (genera):
Ulex and Genista

The main hostplant is Ulex europaeus.