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

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Coleophora aestuariella (Bradley, 1984)
[Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae]

Buff Blite Case-bearer


Coleophora aestuariella Bradley, 1984. Ent. gaz. 35: 137-140.


Case of Coleophora aestuariella on Suaeda maritima Image: © Rob Edmunds (British leafminers)

Case of Coleophora aestuariella on Suaeda maritima
Image: © Rob Edmunds (British leafminers).

Leaf-miner and case-bearer: The larval case is illustrated in 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 genitalia are not illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group (check for update).

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Chenopodiaceae        
Suaeda maritima Annual Sea-blite British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. British leafminers

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - larvae: September - June (British leafminers).

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Britain including Hampshire (Hayling Island) (British leafminers); North Essex (NBN Atlas).

Found in the upper parts of salt marsh, close to high water mark (British leafminers).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Bulgaria, French mainland, Greek mainland, Italian mainland, Portuguese mainland, Spanish mainland and Ukraine (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Suaeda maritima

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.



External links: Search the internet:

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

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