The leaf and stem mines of British flies and other insects

(Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera)

by Brian Pitkin, Willem Ellis, Colin Plant and Rob Edmunds

Join us on Facebook

Coleophora adjunctella Hodgkinson, 1882
[Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae]

Buff Blite Case-bearer

Coleophora adjunctella Hodgkinson, 1882.

Seed-feeder and case-bearer: The larva feeds internally on the seeds and then forms a case which consists of a seed capsule British leafminers.

Case of Coleophora adjunctella on Juncus Image: © Rob Edmunds (British leafminers)
Case of Coleophora adjunctella on Juncus
Image: © Rob Edmunds (British leafminers)

Larva: The larvae of moths have a head capsule and chewing mouthparts with opposable mandibles (see video of a gracillarid larva feeding), six thoracic legs and abdominal legs (see examples).

Pupa: The pupae of moths have visible head appendages, wings and legs which lie in sheaths (see examples).

Adult: The adult is not illustrated in UKMoths (check for update). The male and female genitalia are illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group.

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Juncus gerardii Saltmarsh Rush British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. British leafminers

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: WSidespread in Britain including Anglesey (VC52), Caernarvonshire (VC49), Cardiganshire (VC46), Denbighshire (VC50), East Suffolk (VC25), Flintshire (VC51), Glamorganshire (VC41), North Essex and Pembrokeshire (NBN Gateway). Also Hayling Island, Hampshire (British leafminers).

Also recorded in the Republic of Ireland (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea). See also Ireland's NBDC interactive map.

NBN Grid Map:

NBN Grid Map

Coleophora adjunctella
NBN Grid Map : NBN Terms and Conditions

Maps are only displayed if the NBN server is active. N.B. Only publicly available records, if any, are shown by default

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Danish mainland, Estonia, Finland, French mainland, Germany, Hungary, Italian mainland, Latvia, Norwegian mainland, Poland, Romania, Russia - North and South, Sardinia, Slovakia, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Ukraine (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

Also recorded in the East Palaearctic and Near East (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Interactive Grid Maps of known host species:

Juncus gerardii

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere:

Agathis anglica Marshall, 1885 Braconidae: Agathidinae
Scambus brevicornis (Gravenhorst, 1829) Ichneumonidae: Pimplinae

External links: Search the internet:

Belgian Lepidoptera
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Bladmineerders van Europa
British leafminers
Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea
NBN Gateway
NHM UK Checklist

Find using Google
Find using Google Scholar
Find images using Google

XHTML Validator
Last updated 17-Jun-2016  Brian Pitkin Top of page