Seq # 275020490

Coleophora kuehnella (Goeze, 1783) Species

Last modified: Dec. 16, 2023, 4:27 p.m.

An uncommon species throughout Belgium.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora kuehnella
Vernacular names
Blaasjespistoolkokermot (NL), White oak case-bearer (EN), Blasen-Sackmotte (DE)
Coleophora palliatella (Zincken, 1813)
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 142 (as palliatella). view page




This species is rather big: 14–20 mm.
The forewings are white, a little darker at the tip. Also with very fine yellow stripes on the veins.
The antennae have at the base a tuft of hair. They are alternately ringed black-brown and white till the tip.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



The full-grown larva lives in a black pistol case of about 8 mm, with a mouth angle of 90°.
The case is covered by a silken mantle that hangs from its rear end and almost covers the case (see foto).
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The larva mines the leaf from the underside, making many, unusually small blotch mines, up to about 30 together.
It hibernates and later pupates in the case fixed in a sunny position on the upper surface of a leaf. Larvae are fully grown in early June.
The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

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

Observed on

Host plant (genera):

Monophagous on Quercus.

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