Seq # 275020830

Coleophora spinella (Schrank, 1802) Species

Last modified: March 10, 2023, 2:09 p.m.

A fairly common species in Belgium, but overlooked, due to its difficult determination with many other greyish species.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora spinella
Vernacular names
Geelkopprunuskokermot (NL), Apple & plum case-bearer (EN)
Coleophora cerasivorella Packard, 1870 , Coleophora nigricella sensu auct. and Coleophora serratella sensu auct.
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 43.




This species is grey. The costal line is sometimes yellow-grey, sometimes darker.
The wingspan is 10.5–14 mm.
The antennae are ringed alternately brown-white till the tip.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



In the first year, in autumn, a composite leaf case is made. In its second year the larva makes a trivalved tubular leaf case of about 6 mm, with a mouth angle of ca. 45°.


The larva lives two years. The larva mines a leaf and later lives in a series of portable cases on Pupation in the case, generally attached to the upper surface of a leaf in a sunny position. The adults become active shortly after sunrise and at sunset.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in June and July.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Crataegus, Malus, Cotoneaster, Cydonia, Mespilus, Prunus, Pyrus and Sorbus

In Belgium mostly on Crataegus spp. Also taken are: Cotoneaster, Malus, Prunus, Pyrus, Sorbus etc...

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