Seq # 275020180

Coleophora atriplicis Meyrick, 1928 Species

Last modified: Nov. 18, 2023, 4:06 p.m.

A very rare species in the northern part of Belgium, especially at the coast.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora atriplicis
Vernacular names
Lichtbruine meldekokermot (NL), Saltmarsh case-bearer (EN), Salzwiesen-Sackmotte (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Janmoulle E. 1949b. Espèces nouvelles pour la faune belge (suite). — Lambillionea 49: 90–91, 110. On page 90.




Wingspan: 12–14 mm.
The forewings are ochreous yellow till greyish brown and have lighter small longitudinal streaks.
The antennae are alternately ringed with white and brown till 5/6 of their length towards the tip.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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The greyish-brown, tri-valved and tubular silken case is about 7 mm in length when reaching its maximal size. It is also covered with dark granules except on some longitudinal stripes that are devoid of this granular material. The mouth angle is circa 20°.
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Eggs are oviposited on the flowers of the host plant. In general, the larvae live on the fruits of the hostplant and are full grown in October.
They hibernate and do not feed anymore in springtime.
The pupation takes place near ground level on a stalk of the host plant.

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Flight periods

The adults predominantly fly in July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Suaeda maritima, Atriplex littoralis and Atriplex portulacoides
Host plant (genera):
Halimione and Salicornia

Atriplex littoralis, Atriplex portulacoides, Salicornia spp., Suaeda maritima.

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Restricted to the coast area and riversides where the food plant occurs.

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