Seq # 275020610

Coleophora niveicostella Zeller, 1839 Species

Last modified: Jan. 20, 2024, 2:33 p.m.

A very rare species in Belgium.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora niveicostella
Vernacular names
Egale sprietkokermot (NL), Drab 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 142. view page




Wing span: 11–13
The forewings are ochreous with a clear and contrasting white costal line that goes till 2/3 towards the tip of the wing. This is the only line on the wing.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larvae live in a brownish black case of 7–8 mm. The mouth angle is 30°.
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The caterpillar makes very small mines. Leaves with mines don’t change their colour and are falling rather quickly. Therefore the presence of the species is hardly noticeable.
For the pupation the caterpillar spins a few leaves together.

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Flight periods

The adults are on the wing from the end of June till the whole of August.

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The species prefers Thymus.

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