Seq # 275020760

Coleophora salinella Stainton, 1859 Species

Last modified: Jan. 20, 2024, 4:01 p.m.

A very rare species in Belgium, seen for the first time in our country in 2007.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora salinella
Vernacular names
Melkwitte meldekokermot (NL), Sea-purslane case-bearer (EN)
First mention in Belgium
De Prins W. 2008b. Coleophora salinella (Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae), a species new to Belgium. — Phegea 36(2): 71–72. On page 71. view page




Wingspan: 8,5–13 mm.
The fore wings are light ochreous coloured with many little black stipples between the veins.
The antennae are ringed till 2/3 from the tip, and the tip is for 1/3 pure white.

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Specimens in nature

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The full-grown larva lives in an almost smooth, greyish-brown, trivalved, tubular silken case of 6 mm and a mouth angle of 30°–45°.
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At first, the caterpillars are mining the leaves, later on they live on the seeds.
The larvae are active from September to October.
When they are full-fed, they hibernate and pupate in June–July.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in July and August.

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Host plant (species):
Atriplex littoralis, Atriplex prostrata and Halimione portulacoides

It lives mostly on Atriplex spp.

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This species is only to be found in saltmarshes.

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