and case-bearer: The final case is about 12 mm long and many may be found on a single
plant. The white case has distinctive longitudinal stripes (British
tubular silken case of c. 12 mm long. Mouth angle c. 40°. The
case is yellowish white, with several characteristic dark length
lines (Bladmineerders van Europa).
mined leaves are illustrated in the Encyclopedia of Life.
of Coleophora galbulipennella
on Silene nutans
Image: © Jon Clifton (British
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).
The adult is illustrated in UKMoths. The male and female
genitalia are illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group.
Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:
of year - larvae: The eggs are laid on the plant in August-September
and the larva feeds in the autumn and overwinters (British
of year - adults: Currently unknown.
in Great Britain & Ireland: Apparently widespread in Britain
including East Kent (VC15), East Suffolk (VC25), Herefordshire (VC36), West Gloucestershire (VC34) and Worcestershire (VC37) (NBN
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elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria,
Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, French mainland, Germany,
Greek mainland, Hungary, Italian mainland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia,
Poland, Romania, Russia - Central and South, Slovakia, Spanish mainland,
Sweden and The Netherlands (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).
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