Seq # 275020570

Coleophora lutipennella (Zeller, 1838) Species

Last modified: Dec. 8, 2022, 6:48 p.m.

A rare species throughout Belgium. This species is often confused with C. flavipennella which is more common.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora lutipennella
Vernacular names
Gewone eikenkokermot (NL), Common 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 (as luteipennella). view page




The forewings are ochreous till brownish ochreous, often with a little orange shine. They are not greyish and haven't also a costal area which is lighter coloured. Rather often, and not so obvious to see, is that the base of the wing and also the apex are a little darker.
Wingspan is about 10–12 mm.
The antennae are alternately ochreous till darker brown and white ringed.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


At first the larva makes a pistol case. After hibernation it makes a total different case completely made of silk.
The case is 7 mm long and the mouth angle is 45°.
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At first the larva makes a very little corridor with a little frass.

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The young larva makes a very small mine. Caterpillars are fully grown in June then they pupate.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in June and July.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):

The larva feeds from a rather straight, ochreous case on Quercus.

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