Seq # 275020080

Coleophora albidella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Nov. 18, 2023, 2:15 p.m.

A rare species in Belgium.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora albidella
Vernacular names
Witte wilgenkokermot (NL), White sallow case-bearer (EN), Weiße Weiden-Sackmotte (DE)
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 142. view page




Wingspan: 13–16 mm.
The forewings are white with small ochreous or greyish spots.
The antennae are ringed with alternating white and light brown segments till the tip.

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Specimens in nature

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The full-grown larva of this species has a blackish brown pistol case of about 7 mm long and, with a mouth angle of circa 70°, standing almost perpendicular to the leaf.
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In springtime, the caterpillar lives in the buds. Later on, it makes skeletal food patterns on the leaves.
Pupation takes place on a twig or upon a leaf.

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Flight periods

The adults are on the wing mostly in June and July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Salix caprea
Host plant (genera):

Salix caprea is the main host plant but other Salix species are also taken as host.

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This monophage species lives on Salix but, since this plant grows throughout the whole of Belgium, the cases can also be found everywhere.

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