Seq # 275020765

Coleophora saponariella Heeger, 1848 Species

Last modified: Jan. 20, 2024, 4:07 p.m.

First discovered in Belgium in 2009. Nowadays a rare species throughout the country, more observations in the northern part.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora saponariella
Vernacular names
Zeepkruidkokermot (NL), Seifenkraut-Miniersackträger (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Snyers C., De Prins G., Baugnée J.-Y. & Vereecken N. 2013. Coleophora saponariella (Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae), a new species for the Belgian fauna. — Phegea 41(3): 69–71. On page 69. view page




Wingspan: 8,5–11 mm.
A rather little ochreous till ochreous-brown species, with lighter stripes on the wings.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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The eggs are smoothly green.

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The caterpillars are yellow-green.

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The adult case is straight tubular and made of silk. The case is ash grey, the surface is granular and with blackish length lines.
It is 7–10 mm. The mouth angle is 70°–80°.
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The white fleck mines are very good visible and are rather rare formed (see photo).


The eggs are deposited at the underside of the plants. At first the young larvae are making an upper surface corridor. Later on they make the first case and go to live at the underside of the leaves. The larvae can be found from September until May.

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Flight periods

The moths fly from May until the end of September in 2 or 3 generations.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Saponaria officinalis

Monophagous on Saponaria officinalis.

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Only where the hostplant occours.

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