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

N.B. Links to the latest version of 'Leafminers and plant galls of Europe' are being edited

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Coleophora vibicigerella Zeller, 1839
[Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae]

Essex Case-bearer

Coleophora vibicigerella Zeller, 1839. Isis: 206.
Coleophora didyma Toll, 1957. Acta zool. Cracov. 2: 124, fig'd
Coleophora mandschuriae Toll, 1942. Veröff. dtsch. Kolon-Mus. Bremen 3: 294, fig'd.

Leaf-miner and case-bearer: Laterally strongly compressed, two-valved, black silken case, narrowed behind the mouth. Rear end narrowed, strong ventral keel. Mouth angle c. 0° (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 genitalia are not illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group (check for update).

Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:

Artemisia maritima Sea Wormwood   Pitkin & Plant

Hosts elsewhere:

Achillea millefolium Yarrow British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Bladmineerders van Europa
Artemisia campestris Field Wormwood 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 including South Essex (NBN Atlas).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Danish mainland, Estonia, Finland, French mainland, Germany, Hungary, Italian mainland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia - South, Slovakia, Spanish mainland and Sweden (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

Also recorded in East Palaearctic (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Achillea millefolium, Artemisia campestris, Artemisia maritima

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

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