Seq # 275020770

Coleophora saturatella Stainton, 1850 Species

Last modified: May 7, 2024, 9:15 a.m.

A very rare and fairly local species in Belgium whose distribution mainly appears to be limited to the eastern part of the country.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora saturatella
Vernacular names
Driekleurige bremkokermot (NL), Broom Case-bearer (EN)
Coleophora bilineatella sensu auct., nec Zeller, 1849
First mention in Belgium
De Crombrugghe G. 1906a. Catalogue raisonné des Microlépidoptères de Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société entomologique de Belgique XIII: 1–172; XIV: 1–155. On page 74.




Wingspan: 12–16 mm.
This species has a lighter yellow stripe along the costa of the forewing and also a darker blotch from the centre of the wing to 2/3 of the distance to the tip. The rest of the wing is lighter brown.
The antennae are ringed distinctly, alternating dark brown and white till the tip.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The caterpillar makes an untidy and bivalved lobe case of about 7–8 mm.
The mouth angle is 90°.
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At first, especially the tips of the leaves are mined.

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The larvae are fully grown around June.
Pupation takes place in the case attached to a stem of the food plant, often rather high in bright sunlight. The cases can be found starting from September.
The caterpillars overwinter in their cases on the food plant.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year from the end of June till the beginning of August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Genista tinctoria
Host plant (genera):
Cytisus, Spartium and Ulex

In Belgium, the larva mostly feeds on Cytisus and Genista.

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