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Coleophora deauratella Lienig & Zeller, 1846 Species

Last modified: Dec. 16, 2023, 11:23 a.m.

A rather rare species in Belgium.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora deauratella
Vernacular names
Grijze metaalkokermot (NL), Red-clover case-bearer (EN)
Coleophora alcedinella sensu auct.
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1859b. Supplément au catalogue des lépidoptères de Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 3: 133–142. On page 136 (as alcedinella). view page




Wingspan: 11–15 mm.
The forewings are metal-golden with sometimes a little purplish shine. Near the apex a little bit darker.
The antennae are prominently thickened from the base till 1/5 or even 1/3.

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Specimens in nature

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The larva lives in a floret.
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The eggs are deposited on a flower of the host plant.
At first, the larva feeds from the green seeds. The larvae are full-fed in September. Cases from mid-August.
Pupation in the following spring, still in the case, in the seedhead or on the ground.
The adults are day-active, mainly before noon. They come infrequently to light.

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Flight periods

They are on the wing from June till the beginning of August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Trifolium pratense and Trifolium medium

Trifolium pratense is the most common foodplant.

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