Seq # 275020140

Coleophora antennariella Herrich-Schäffer, 1861 Species

Last modified: Nov. 18, 2023, 3:18 p.m.

It was only found before 1980 and only in BR. Most likely it has vanished from the Belgian soil.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora antennariella
Vernacular names
Ruige veldbieskokermot (NL), Oxford case-bearer (EN)
First mention in Belgium
Lhomme L. 1946–1963. Catalogue des Lépidoptères de France et de Belgique. Volume II Microlépidoptères. (deuxième partie). — — : 489–1253. On page 892.




Wingspan: 9–11 mm.
This species is monotone grey with barely visible somewhat darker grey dots.
The antennae are annulated with broad brown and narrow white rings.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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This species initially constructs a case with flower-parts of and a ochreous silken tube-shaped top which is whitish or light gray in springtime but turns to brown later on.
The mouth angle is about 80°.
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Eggs are oviposited on the flowers of the host plant. The larva initially feeds on these flowers and subsequently on the seeds, living inside one. A light ochreous silken case is constructed, almost entirely enclosed with the remnants of a flower. The full-grown larvae leave their host plant and hibernate on tree trunks.
The caterpillars can be found from July till April.

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Flight periods

The adults are mostly observed in May.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Luzula pilosa

This species lives monophagously on Luzula pilosa

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