Seq # 275020970

Coleophora vacciniella Herrich-Schäffer, 1861 Species

Last modified: March 20, 2024, 6:26 p.m.

First observation in Belgium of this very rare species was in 1990 in LG.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora vacciniella
Vernacular names
Grote bosbeskokermot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
Wullaert S. 2013. Coleophora vacciniella (Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae), new to the Belgian fauna. — Phegea 41(2): 42–44. On page 42. view page




Wingspan 12–14 mm. The forewings are ochreous grey, and the tips at the underside of the forewings have a yellow-grey part that contrasts with the rest.
The antennae are ringed alternating black and white till the tip.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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The eggs are black.

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The caterpillar is reddish brown with a lighter brown to dark brown head.

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The case is brown with a length between 8–15 mm and has a mouth angle of 40 to 55°,.
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The eggs are laid on the underside of the leaf. The larvae hibernate in the case and pupate shortly after the winter.

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Flight periods

They are on the wing from late April till mid-June.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Vaccinium myrtillus, Vaccinium uliginosum, Vaccinium vitis-idaea and Andromeda polifolia
Host plant (genera):

The caterpillars feed on Ericaceae like Vaccinium vitis-idaea, Vaccinium myrtillus and Vaccinium uliginosum. Sometimes also on Andromeda polifolia, but this plant is very rare and local in Belgium.

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