Seq # 275020780

Coleophora saxicolella (Duponchel, 1843) Species

Last modified: May 22, 2024, 11:59 a.m.

A very local and rare species in Belgium.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora saxicolella
Vernacular names
Donkere meldekokermot (NL), Orache case-bearer (EN)
First mention in Belgium
Jansen M. G. M. 2005. The Lepidoptera fauna of three brackish salt marshes including two species new for the Belgian fauna (Lepidoptera). — Phegea 33(2): 59–68. On page 62. view page


First observation for Belgium on 2002.11.05 at Oude Doel (OV).



Wingspan 13–16 mm.
The forewings are ochreous brown with a small distinct lighter costal line. There are a few darker-length stripes with blackish and very small whitish dots.
The antennae are ringed alternately brown and white till the tip.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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The full-grown case is a trivalved, 6-7 mm long tubular silken case with a mouth angle of 20°-30°. The oldest parts of the case are dark and covered with frass grains and detritus, the younger strips are much lighter and clean.
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Larvae in September-October. The full fed larvae leave the host plant for the winter diapause.
Pupation in the spring, still in the case.

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Flight periods

They are on the wing from the end of June till the end of August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Atriplex prostrata, Chenopodium album and Atriplex patula
Host plant (genera):
Atriplex and Chenopodium

They are found on Atriplex and Chenopodium.

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