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 arctostaphyli Meder, 1934
[Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae]

Bearberry Case-bearer


Coleophora arctostaphyli Meder, 1934. Int. ent. Z. 27: 490.


Leaf-miner and case-bearer: Spathulate leaf case, about 8 mm long, with a mouth angle around 45°. Before making its first case the young larva lives in a frass-filled contorted corridor (Bladmineerders van Europa).

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:

Ericaceae        
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Bearberry British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Pitkin & Plant

Hosts elsewhere:

Ericaceae        
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Bearberry British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa

Time of year - larvae: Currently unknown.

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Britain including South Aberdeen (NBN Atlas).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including ? Corsica, Danish mainland, Estonia, Finland, French mainland, Germany, Italian mainland, Latvia, Norwegian mainland, Poland, Spanish mainland and Sweden (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

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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