Seq # 275020810

Coleophora silenella Herrich-Schäffer, 1855 Species

Last modified: May 22, 2024, 12:04 p.m.

This species is probably extinct in Belgium.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora silenella
Vernacular names
Geaderde silenekokermot (NL)
Coleophora nutantella Mühlig & Frey, 1857 and Coleophora inflatae Stainton, 1857
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E., Mors L. & Weyers J. 1861. Rapport sur les excursions entomologiques faites dans la Campine anversoise. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 5: 47–51. On page 25 (as inflatae). view page




Wingspan 14–20 mm.
The forewings are very light ochreous colored. The veins have lighter lines with little blackish dots.
The antennae are indistinctly alternately light brown-white ringed.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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This is a dark greyish brown, 8 mm long, trivalved tube with a mouth angle of 40°.
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The caterpillar bores out of the flower or seed-capsule at the end of there life. From this case holes are bitten in the walls of new capsules.
The caterpillars are fully grow in May.

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Flight periods

They are on the wing from the end of May till the middle of July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Silene vulgaris and Silene nutans
Host plant (genera):

This species lives monophagously on Silene spp.

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