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 saturatella Stainton, 1850
[Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae]

Broom Case-bearer


Coleophora saturatella Stainton, 1850. Zoologist Appendix: xcii.


Leaf-miner and case-bearer: Very untidy, bivalved, lobe case of 7-8 mm. The mouth angle is 90°, causing the case to be perpendicular to the leaf (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).

Described by Suire (1961a) (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 not illustrated in UKMoths (check for update). The male genitalia, but not the female (check for update) genitalia, are illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group.

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Fabaceae        
Cytisus scoparius Broom British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Pitkin & Plant
Genista tinctoria Dyer's Greenweed British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Pitkin & Plant

Hosts elsewhere:

Fabaceae        
Cytisus nigricans Black Broom   Bladmineerders van Europa, as Lembotropis
Cytisus scoparius Broom British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Genista scorpius     Bladmineerders van Europa
Genista tinctoria Dyer's Greenweed British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Spartium junceum Spanish Broom British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Spartium europaeus     Bladmineerders van Europa
Ulex europaeus Gorse British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa

Time of year - larvae: The larvae are fullgrown around June (Emmet et al., 1996a). (Bladmineerders van Europa).

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Britain including Bedfordshire, Denbighshire, East Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight, North Somerset, Shropshire, Stafford, West Kent, West Norfolk, West Suffolk and Worcestershire (NBN Atlas).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Danish mainland, French mainland, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia - South, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and The Netherlands (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Cytisus nigricans, Cytisus scoparius, Genista tinctoria, Spartium junceum, Ulex europaeus

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere:

Chalcidoidea  
Copidosoma peticus (Walker, 1846) Encyrtidae: Encyrtinae
Ichneumonoidea  
Gelis agilis (Fabricius, 1775) Ichneumonidae: Cryptinae
Gelis areator (Panzer, 1804) Ichneumonidae: Cryptinae
Itoplectis alternans (Gravenhorst, 1829) Ichneumonidae: Pimplinae


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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