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 peribenanderi Toll, 1943
[Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae]

Pale Thistle Case-bearer


Coleophora peribenanderi Toll, 1943. Docum. physiogr. Polon. No. 32: 198.


Leaf-miner and case-bearer: The larva forms a case, approximately 11-12 mm long, beneath a thistle leaf, although burdock may sometimes be used. The shape of the ochreous case varies as, when being enlarged, it is elongated first, and the girth increased subsequently (UKMoths).

Yellow-brown to light grey tubular silken case with darker length lines. The case is fairly large (up to 17 mm) and very slender. The rear end is three-valved, the mouth angle about 50°. The larva feeds at the underside of the leaf (Bladmineerders van Europa).

The mine is also 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).

The larva is illustrated in Bladmineerders van Europa.

Pupa: The pupae of moths have visible head appendages, wings and legs which lie in sheaths (see examples).

Adult: The adult is illustrated in UKMoths. The male and female genitalia are illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group.

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Asteraceae        
Arctium       Pitkin & Plant
Arctium       UKMoths
Carduus       Pitkin & Plant
Carduus       UKMoths
Cirsium       Pitkin & Plant
Cirsium       UKMoths
Cirsium arvense Creeping Thistle British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. British leafminers
Cirsium arvense Creeping Thistle British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Pitkin & Plant

Hosts elsewhere:

Asteraceae        
Arctium       Belgian Lepidoptera
Arctium       Bladmineerders van Europa
Carduus       Belgian Lepidoptera
Carduus acanthoides     Bladmineerders van Europa
Carduus tenuiflorus Slender Thistle British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Carlina       Belgian Lepidoptera
Carlina       Bladmineerders van Europa
Centaurea       Belgian Lepidoptera
Centaurea       Bladmineerders van Europa
Cirsium       Belgian Lepidoptera
Cirsium acaule Dwarf Thistle British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Cirsium arvense Creeping Thistle British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Cirsium ferox     Bladmineerders van Europa
Cirsium monspessulanum     Bladmineerders van Europa
Cirsium oleraceum Cabbage Thistle British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Cirsium palustre Marsh Thistle British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Cirsium vulgare Spear Thistle British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa

Time of year - larvae: Feeding takes place July - September, and most larvae diapause full fed until pupation in May. Some larvae complete feeding in April (UKMoths). August to October (British leafminers).

Time of year - adults: The adults fly in June and July (UKMoths).

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: The moth is often common in habitats where its foodplants occur, and is distributed throughout England, Wales and southern Scotland (UKMoths) including including Anglesey, Bedfordshire, Caernarvonshire, Cambridgeshire, Denbighshire, Dorset, Dumfrieshire, Durham, East Cornwall, East Suffolk, Glamorgan, Herefordsire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Isle of Wight, Kincardineshire, Leicestershire, Middlesex, North Hampshire, North Somerset, Shropshire, South Lancaster, South Somerset, South-east Yorkshire,, South-west Yorkshire, Stafford, Surrey, West Cornwall, West Gloucestershire, West Norfolk and West Suffolk (NBN Atlas) and the Channel Is. (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

Also recorded in the Republic of Ireland (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea). See also Ireland's NBDC interactive map.

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Danish mainland, Estonia, Finland, French mainland, Germany, Greek mainland, Hungary, Italian mainland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norwegian mainland, Poland, Romania, Russia - Central and South, Slovakia, Spanish mainland, Sweden, The Netherlands and Ukraine. Also recorded from Near East (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Carduus acanthoides, Carduus tenuiflorus, Cirsium acaule, Cirsium arvense, Cirsium oleraceum, Cirsium palustre, Cirsium vulgare

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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