Seq # 275020340

Coleophora flavipennella (Duponchel, 1843) Species

Last modified: Dec. 16, 2023, 2:42 p.m.

Still a not so common species, but there is often a lot of confusion with the rare Coleophora lutipennella in all stages.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora flavipennella
Vernacular names
Donkere eikenkokermot (NL), Tipped oak case-bearer (EN)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1858. Catalogue des Microlépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 2: 45–162. On page 144. view page




Wingspan:10,5–12,5 mm.
There is a lot of variation in colours: from ochreous over ochreous-brown till ochreous-greyish. There is often an indistinct lighter costa area visible, shade lighter than ground colour.
The antennae are mostly white, or sometimes alternately ringed black or brown and white till the tip.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The light-brown tubular case is 7 mm long. The mouth angle is 45°.
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At first, there is a very little blotch mine.

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The eggs are deposited at the underside of the leaves.
After eclosion, the larva makes a tiny blotch mine. The first case is made from a small part of the leaf and enlarged with silk. Full-grown larvae in May.
In all stages this species is difficult to separate from Coleophora lutipennella, and it is often confused with that species.

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Flight periods

The adults are on the wing in June and July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Quercus robur and Quercus petraea
Host plant (genera):
Quercus and Castanea

Mostly on Quercus petraea or Q. robur, but also recorded from Castanea sativa.

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In forests where Quercus grows.

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