Seq # 275020630

Coleophora ochrea (Haworth, 1828) Species

Last modified: Jan. 27, 2022, 2:12 p.m.

A very rare, xerothermic species in some dry limestone areas in the southern part of Belgium, only found where the foodplant grows.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora ochrea
Vernacular names
Zonneroosjeskokermot (NL), Large buff case-bearer (EN), Sonnenröschen-Miniersackträger (DE)
Coleophora hapsella 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 141 (as hapsella). view page




The ochreous forewings are a little sickle-shaped. There are two long silver stripes starting from the base of the wings.
Wingspan is 15–19 mm.

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Specimens in nature



The caterpillar makes large case of 10-18 mm long. The case is light brown.
The mouth angle is 45°.
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The larva does not only mine the leaves, but also feeds on the developing seeds. It builds the case from leaf fragments.
Pupation in the case, usually attached to the food plant or nearby vegetation.

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Flight periods

The adults fly mainly during July and August in one generation a year.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Helianthemum chamaecistus and Helianthemum nummularium
Host plant (genera):
Helianthemum and Tuberaria

It feeds mainly on Helianthemum nummularium.

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Dry, xerothermic open places on limestone soil.

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