Seq # 275020990

Coleophora vestianella (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: March 20, 2024, 6:38 p.m.

This is a very rare species in Belgium and probably there were a lot of incorrect identifications in the past.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora vestianella
Vernacular names
Zandmeldekokermot (NL), Eastern case-bearer (EN)
Coleophora laripennella (Zetterstedt, 1839) and Coleophora annulatella Tengström, 1848
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1860. Lépidoptères nouvellement découverts en Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 4: 113–115. On page 114 (as Coleophora annulatella. Tengst.). view page




Wingspan 12–17,5 mm. The forewings are softly ochreous with paler longitudinal lines and brownish till black dots. The tip of the wings is a little bit darker.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The caterpillar is pale yellowish with a pale brown head.

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The final case is trivalved and 6–7 mm in length with a mouth angle of 30°–35°.
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The eggs are deposited on a flower of the food plant. The larvae feed on the seeds and need to enlarge their case several times. Therefore the oldest parts are darker and covered with frass grains and detritus while the younger strips are much lighter and clean. The larvae start constructing a case only in September and are fully fed in October.
Pupation happens in spring inside the case and mostly at ground level.

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Flight periods

The adults are on the wing from the end of June till early August.

Observed on

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

The larva feed on Atriplex and Chenopodium.

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