Seq # 275020250

Coleophora clypeiferella Hofmann O., 1871 Species

Last modified: Sept. 22, 2023, 2:28 p.m.

This is a very rare species in Belgium, not often recorded.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora clypeiferella
Vernacular names
Roetstreepkokermot (NL), Body-marked case-bearer (EN)
First mention in Belgium
Janmoulle E. 1952a. Espèces nouvelles pour la faune belge (suite). — Lambillionea 52: 13, 25–26, 49–50. On page 50.




Wingspan: 12–16 mm.
The colour of this moth is predominantly brown, but it can vary from ochreous-yellow through brown to rust-brown. <BR< The antennae are ringed alternately till the tip. The base of the antennae is thickened till 1/4 of their length.
The moths have a specialised sclerotised plate carrying small spines on the dorsal side of the first two abdominal segments. This structure is thought to be useful at hatching. It is worth noting that this is the only Western European species having this kind of plate. For a detailed picture of this structure: see on Lepiforum.
See also

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The larva of this species feeds on the seeds of Chenopodium album. Initially, the young caterpillar lives in a silken tube between the seed-heads but, later on, adds seed- and flower-fragments to the case. At that moment, in September and October, the cases are the easiest to find. When full-grown, the larva lets itself drop to the ground, leaves the case and constructs a brown and parchment-like cocoon to hibernate.
The adult moths are attracted to light.

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Flight periods

The moths fly predominantly in July, sometimes also in the first half of August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Chenopodium album
Host plant (genera):

The caterpillars feed monophagously on Chenopodium album although the genus Atriplex is also mentioned in literature.

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