Seq # 275020330

Coleophora discordella Zeller, 1849 Species

Last modified: Dec. 16, 2023, 2:38 p.m.

A rare and local species in Belgium.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora discordella
Vernacular names
Rolklaverkokermot (NL), Lotus case-bearer (EN)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1863. Addenda au catalogue des Lépidoptères de Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 7: 87–93. On page 92. view page




Wingspan: 11–12,5 mm.
The ochreous colored forewing has a distinct lighter yellow costal line. The hindwings are dark grey.
The antennae are alternately ringed blackish white till the tip.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



The fully grown larva lives in a dark brown composite leaf case of about 6 mm long. The case has an angle of 70° with the anterior part of the case.
The mouth angle is around 40°.
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Oviposition at the leaf underside, mostly in a vein axil.
The larva feeds on Lotus and initially, it makes a long sinuous narrow nepticulid-like gallery with much frass in a broad central line. It ends in an oval blotch, usually near the margin of the leaf which the larva excises for use as its first case.
Later the complete greyish brown case is about 6 mm long. Fully grown larvae in May.
Pupation in the case, usually attached low down on the food plant or nearby vegetation.
The adults rarely come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year: from late June till early August.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):

In BE mostly on Lotus corniculatus.

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