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Coleophora salicorniae von Heinemann & Wocke, 1877 Species

Last modified: Jan. 20, 2024, 3:54 p.m.

A rare species in Belgium, only at the coast and big rivers in the north of the country. It can be quite common in suitable habitats.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora salicorniae
Vernacular names
Zeekraalkokermot (NL), Glasswort case-bearer (EN), Salicorne d'Europe (FR), Salzkraut-Sackmotte (DE)
Coleophora binotapennella sensu Stainton, 1854, nec (Duponchel, 1843)
First mention in Belgium
Janmoulle E. 1952c. Notes sur les Microlépidoptères de Belgique. IV. Quelques espèces nouvelles pour la faune belge ou peu connues. — Bulletin du Musée royal d'Histoire naturelle de Belgique 28(68): 1–8. On page 7.




Wingspan: 12–14 mm.
The fore wings are ochreous, sometimes with a lighter metal glow.
The antennae are ringed till the tip.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva feeds in the fleshy spikes and seeds of the host plant, giving no evidence of its presence. When the larva is in its last instar, it makes a case.
During autumn the case drops to the mud surface, the larva leaves the case and digging into the mud were it makes a silk-lined tube, overwintering fully-fed.
The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year: from mid July till the beginning of August.

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Host plant (genera):

The larva feeds monophagously on Salicornia.

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Only where the host plants are to be found.

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