Seq # 275021020

Coleophora vitisella Gregson, 1856 Species

Last modified: Sept. 14, 2023, 2:51 p.m.

This is a very rare and rather local species in the southern part of Belgium.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora vitisella
Vernacular names
Kromme bosbeskokermot (NL), Northern case-bearer (EN)
Coleophora glitzella sensu Pierce & Metcalfe, 1935, female
First mention in Belgium
Coenen F. 1986b. Coleophora vitisella Gregson (1856) (Microlepidoptera, Coleophoridae): espèce nouvelle pour la faune belge. — Linneana belgica 10: 261–265. On page 261.




The fore wings are dark ochreous with a greyish shine.
The antennae are ringed alternately black and white till the tip.
The wing span is 10–13 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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It is a greyish-black composite case reaching a length of 5–6 mm. The case, having a strongly curved distal end, is composed of numerous rings, cut out of the hostplant.
The mouth angle is 45°.
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This species creates very little fleck mines on the leafs.


The eggs are oviposited at the bottom of a leaf. The first year, the larva makes only the curved part of the case. Subsequently, from the leafs, the larva cuts out a lot of consecutive rings to compose the case. The development of the larva takes two years. The larvae are fully grown in September or in April the next year.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year: from late May till early July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Vaccinium vitis-idaea and Vaccinium oxycoccus
Host plant (genera):
Vaccinium and Pyrola

The larva feeds on mainly on Vaccinium vitis-idaea but also on other Vaccinium species. Also the plant genus Pyrola is mentioned in literature.

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