Seq # 275021015

Coleophora virgaureae Stainton, 1857 Species

Last modified: Feb. 11, 2023, 6:04 p.m.

Coleophora virgaureae has long been considered a synonym of Coleophora obscenella. However, Baldizzone & Tabell (2002) recognized these as distinct species. The first record, with the correct name Coleophora virgaureae, dates back from 1862 when cases were found on Solidago virgaurea at Groenendaal (Hoeilaart).
A very rare and local species in the southern part of Belgium, mainly known from the Calestienne.


Family: Coleophoridae > Genus: Coleophora > Species: Coleophora virgaureae
Vernacular names
Guldenroedekokermot (NL), Golden-rod Case-bearer (EN)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1862c. Notes sur quelques lépidoptères observés en Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 6: 170–176. On page 174. view page




The forewings are ochreous, often with a greyish shine. The longitudinal lines are pure white. A white costal line till 5/6 of the wing. There are blackish brown dots at the basis till half of the wing.
Wingspan is 12–15 mm.
The antennae are annulated light brown and white to totally white.

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Specimens in nature

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Body dirty white, head is blackish brown.


The larvae live in a 5–6 mm long, tri valved, dark brown, silken case. The early case is light brown but changes rather quickly into dark brown. Therefore it is hard to find between the seed heads of the plant which have the same colour.
The mouth angle is 40–70°.
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The eggs are deposited on the flowers of the host plant. The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults are on the wing from late July towards September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Solidago virgaurea, Aster tripolium and Aster linosyris

The larvae feed mainly on Solidago virgaurea and in Belgium it's also found regularly on Aster linosyris, also recorded on Aster tripolium and Aster sedifolius.

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