Seq # 275020515

Coleophora limoniella (Stainton, 1884) Species

Last modified: Jan. 20, 2024, 12:27 p.m.

A rare species in Belgium, only known from WV. It can be locally common to abundant where the food plant grows.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora limoniella
Vernacular names
Keizersgalmot (NL), Silver-streaked case-bearer (EN), Strandflieder-Sackmotte (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Bentinck G. A. 1935. Une espèce nouvelle et une espèce à rechercher en Belgique. — Lambillionea 35: 212. On page 212.




Wingspan is 10–11
The sickle shaped forewings are orange ochreous with no darker apex. There are 3 silvery stripes from the base of the wings.
The antennae are ringed alternately black and white till the tip.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The case is a seed capsule of the food plant: L. vulgare.
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The eggs are deposited on a flower of the food plant.
The larvae are eating from the seeds. From time to time they change to a bigger seed capsule. The case is 5–8 mm. The mouth angle is 90°. The larvae or cases are to find from September till May. Once fully fed the larvae bore themselfs for the hibernation in a stem, of the host plant or some other plant nearby. The opening is closed with silk.

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Flight periods

They are on the wing from early July till the end of August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Limonium vulgare
Host plant (genera):

The larva occours only on Limonium vulgare.

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