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


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 species is included in

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland:

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

Hosts elsewhere:

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 and 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 (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

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