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Coleophora hemerobiella (Scopoli, 1763) Species

Last modified: Dec. 16, 2023, 3:51 p.m.

A fairly common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora hemerobiella
Vernacular names
Fruitboomkokermot (NL), Black-stigma case-bearer (EN), Knospenminiermotte (DE)
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. view page




The wingspan is 12–15 mm.
This species has whitish forewings speckled with dark grey dots and usually carries a notable blackish spot at around two-thirds of the wing length (notice the English name).
The antennae are alternately ringed blackish white till the tip.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



The first one and a half year the small case is pistol-shaped. Subsequently, the caterpillar builds a long straight case that measures up to 10 mm.
The mouth angle is 90°.
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It takes the larva two years to develop. Initially, the larva lives inside a small pistol-case for the first one and a half year. Only in the second spring it builds a long straight case.
These cases reach their maximal size from May on.
Pupation takes place inside that case, attached to the upper surface of a leaf or a twig.
Occasionally, the adults come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year from the end of June till well in August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Prunus avium and Prunus domestica
Host plant (genera):
Crataegus, Malus, Pyrus, Cotoneaster, Amelanchier, Mespilus, Prunus and Chaenomeles

The larvae are found on a whole range of Rosaceae such as: Crataegus, Malus, Pyrus, Mespilus, Prunus, Sorbus, Cotoneaster, Cydonia or Chaenomeles.

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