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 linosyridella Fuchs, 1880
[Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae]

Estuarine Case-bearer

Coleophora linosyridella Fuchs, 1880. Stett. ent. Ztg. 41: 113.

Leaf-miner and case-bearer: Tubular silken case, up to 8 mm long. Behind the mouth the case is sharply bent; as a result the mouth angle is 0° and is the case aprressed to the substrate (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 male and female genitalia are illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group.

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Aster tripolium Sea Aster British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Pitkin & Plant

Hosts elsewhere:

Aster linosyris Goldilocks Aster British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Aster sedifolius Stonecrop Aster   Bladmineerders van Europa
Aster tripolium Sea Aster 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 (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Croatia, Czech Republic, French mainland, Hungary, Italian mainland, Romania, Slovakia and Switzerland. Also recorded in East Palaearctic (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Aster linosyris, Aster sedifolius, Aster tripolium

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere:

Agathis fuscipennis (Zetterstedt, 1838) Braconidae: Agathidinae
Gelis agilis (Fabricius, 1775) Ichneumonidae: Cryptinae
Zoophthorus plumbeus (Thomson, 1884) Ichneumonidae: Cryptinae

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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