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Coleophora galbulipennella Zeller, 1838 Species

Last modified: Dec. 16, 2023, 2:57 p.m.

A very rare and seldom recorded species in Belgium.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora galbulipennella
Vernacular names
Duinsilenekokermot (NL), Kent case-bearer (EN)
Coleophora otitae Zeller, 1839
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 143 (as otitae). view page




Wingspan: 14–20 mm. One of the largest species of this family in BE. The forewings have a lot of broad ochreous stripes and a lot of small blackish dots.
The antennae are not so clearly ringed.

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Specimens in nature

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The case is light yellow with dark longitudinal lines. It is tubular tri-valval and about 12 mm long. The mouth angle is 40°.
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Full-grown larvae in June–July. During autumn they feed on the ripening seeds, after the winter they make blotch mines in the lower leaves.
That is where the pupation takes place.

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Flight periods

The adults are on the wing in July and August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Silene nutans
Host plant (genera):
Silene and Cerastium

The most important food plant is Silene nutans. Sometimes S. otitis is also taken.

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Mostly in the dunes, but also in dry sandy areas where the food plant occurs.

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