Seq # 275020730

Coleophora prunifoliae Doets, 1944 Species

Last modified: April 23, 2019, 12:44 p.m.

In the past there has been a lot of confusion in the C. serratella group. Older determinations must be treated with big care! After 2004 all determinations must be done with making genital preparations.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora prunifoliae
Vernacular names
Prunuskokermot (NL), New sloe case-bearer (EN)
Coleophora pseudoprunifoliae Capuse, 1971
First mention in Belgium
Janmoulle E. 1954a. Espèces nouvelles pour la faune belge (suite). — Lambillionea 54: 3–4, 33–34, 57–58. On page 4.




The forewings are greyish till greyish brown.
Wingspan is 9–13 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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The caterpillar makes a 6–7 mm trivalved, tubular leaf case. At first, it is light brown, lateron it changes into darker brown.
The mouth angle is 45°.
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The larvae live at the underside of the leaf, making rather big fleck mines.
The larvae are fully grown at the end of May.
This species in mostly confused with other greyish species, especially with C. serratella.
Therefore growing and making genital preparation is necessary.

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Flight periods

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

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Prunus spinosa
Host plant (genera):
Betula, Crataegus, Sorbus, Malus, Prunus, Cotoneaster, Cydonia and Pyracantha

Prunus spinosa is the most taken hostplant.

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