Seq # 275020800

Coleophora siccifolia Stainton, 1856 Species

Last modified: May 6, 2023, 11:24 a.m.

A rare species throughout Belgium, mostly found as a case. Most observations are from the western part of the country and in the Kempen, where it is sometimes not rare.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora siccifolia
Vernacular names
Grote bladkokermot (NL), Grey birch case-bearer (EN), Große Sackträgermotte (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Coenen F. 1986c. Coleophora siccifolia Stainton, 1856, espèce nouvelle pour la faune belge (Lepidoptera, Coleophoridae). — Linneana belgica 10: 327–330. On page 327.




The fore wings are shiny ochreous grey, sometimes with darker stipples to the tip.
The antennae are ringed alternately brown and white till 2/3 or more, sometimes even till the tip.
The wingspan is 12–15 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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The larva makes a tubular leaf case. The case is almost barrel-shaped, with a large leaf fragment that, while withering, folds itself untidily around the tube. So giving the name "siccifolia" = dryed leave, to this species.
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At first the larva makes little mines. After that the larva feeds from a tubular leaf case. The caterpillars are fully grown in October.
Pupation in the case attached to a stem of the food plant, vegetation or tree trunks.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year: in May, June and July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Sorbus aucuparia
Host plant (genera):
Betula, Crataegus, Malus, Alnus, Carpinus, Tilia, Ligustrum and Myrica
Deciduous trees and Polyphagous

The larva is very polyphagous. Mostly found on: Betula pendula, Crataegus, Malus or Sorbus and many more.

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