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Coleophora saxicolella (Duponchel, 1843)
[Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae]

Orache Case-bearer


Ornix saxicolella Duponchel, 1843. Hist. Nat. Lep. Fr. 4: 300, pl. 75 fig. 8
Coleophora benanderi Kanerva, 1941. Ann. ent. Fenn. 7: 120, fig'd
Coleophora saxicolella (Duponchel, 1843).


Seed-feeder and case-bearer: The eggs are laid on the florets of goosefoot and orache (UKMoths).

Larva feeds on seeds. The full-grown case is 6-7 mm long (British leafminers).

Case of Coleophora saxicolella Image: © David Manning (British leafminers)
Case of Coleophora saxicolella
Image: © David Manning (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).

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

Pupation occurs in the case on the ground (UKMoths).

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

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Chenopodiaceae        
Atriplex       British leafminers
Atriplex       UKMoths
Chenopodium       British leafminers
Chenopodium       UKMoths

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - larvae: September to October (British leafminers).

Time of year - adults: July and August (UKMoths).

Distribution in Great Britain & Ireland: Thought to be locally common throughout most of the British Isles (UKMoths) including Anglesey, Banffshire, Bedfordshire, Caernarvonshire, Cambridgeshire, Cardiganshire, Denbighshire, Derbyshire, East Norfolk, East Ross, East Suffolk, Flintshire, Glamorgan, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Kincardineshire, Middlesex, North Essex, North Hampshire, North Somerset, North Wiltshire, Shropshire, South Lancaster, South Wiltshire, Stafford, Surrey, West Gloucestershire, West Norfolk, West Suffolk, Westmorland and Worcestershire (NBN Atlas) and Ireland (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Danish mainland, Estonia, Finland, French mainland, Germany, Greek mainland, Hungary, Italian mainland, Latvia, Macedonia, Norwegian mainland, Poland, Portuguese mainland, Russia - North and South, Sardinia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spanish mainland, Sweden, The Netherlands and Ukraine. Also recorded in Near East and North Africa (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

Also recorded in the Republic of Ireland (NBDC interactive map).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Host species unknown

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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