Seq # 275020680

Coleophora paripennella Zeller, 1839 Species

Last modified: Jan. 23, 2024, 4:47 p.m.

A very rare species in Belgium, living locally in rather wet biotopes.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora paripennella
Vernacular names
Bronskokermot (NL), Dark thistle case-bearer (EN)
Coleophora aereipennis sensu auct., nec Heinemann & Wocke, 1877
First mention in Belgium
Dufrane A. 1957. Microlépidoptères de la faune belge, (huitième note). — Bulletin du Musée royal d'Histoire naturelle de Belgique 33(32): 1–16. On page 14.




Wingspan: 10–13
fore wings are metal green.
The antennae are blackish dark till 2/3 to the tip, beyond there they are white.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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Head and plates are black. The body is dull yellowish white.

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The caterpillar makes a blackish brown trivalved case of about 8 mm.
The mouth angle is 0°–10°, causing the case to lay almost flat on the leaf.
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The caterpillar makes a lot of little distinct fleck mines.

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The larvae live at the under side of a leaf.
They are fully grown at the end of May or beginning of June.
Pupation takes place on a stem nearby ground level.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year: from late May till early July, sometimes even till the end of August.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Centaurea, Arctium, Carduus, Cirsium, Carlina, Serratula and Solidago
Herbaceous plants

The larva feeds on Asteraceae like: Arctium, Carduus, Centaurea, Cirsium and many others.

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