Seq # 275020350

Coleophora follicularis (Vallot, 1802) Species

Last modified: Dec. 16, 2023, 2:49 p.m.

A rare species throughout Belgium.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora follicularis
Vernacular names
Koninginnekruidkokermot (NL), Agrimony case-bearer (EN), Wasserdost-Sackmotte (DE)
Coleophora otidipennella sensu auct., nec (Hübner, 1817) , Coleophora troglodytella (Duponchel, 1843) , Coleophora lineariella sensu Bruand, 1855 , Coleophora ramosella sensu De Fré, 1860, nec Zeller, 1849 and Coleophora inulifolia Benander, 1939
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 25 (as otidipennella). view page




Wingspan: 13–16 mm. The forewings are light-brown till ochreous with a lot of white lines. <br< The antennae are alternately ringed light brown white till the tip.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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The caterpillar makes a straw coloured tubular case of about 10 mm long.
The mouth angle is approximately 30°.
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The caterpillars make plenty of little mines.
They overwinter in their cases and resume feeding in springtime until they are fully grown in April–May.
The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year from mid-June till the beginning of August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Eupatorium cannabinum and Pulicaria dysenterica
Host plant (genera):
Pulicaria, Carduus, Achillea, Anthemis, Leucanthemum, Pulicaria and Tanacetum

C. follicularis accepts a whole range of food plants but the larvae are mostly found on Eupatorium cannabinum and Pulicaria dysenterica.

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This species is mostly found in open areas and edges of forests and roads.

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