and case-bearer: The larva eats the seeds inside a flower and then uses this as a
case. The larva over winters in the stem of the plant (British
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).
Larva of Goniodoma limoniella on Limonium vulgare
Image: © Jenny Seawright (Facebook Group)
Pupa: The pupae of moths have visible head appendages, wings and legs which lie in sheaths (see examples).
The adult is illustrated in UKMoths by Jon Clifton. The male
genitalia, but not the female genitalia (ccheck
for update), are illustrated by the Lepidoptera Dissection Group.
Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:
elsewhere: Currently unknown.
of year - larvae: September - May (British
of year - adults: Currently unknown.
in Great Britain & Ireland: Coastal. Britain including East Kent (VC15), East Suffolk and North Essex (NBN
Gateway) and Hampshire (Hayling Island) (British
leafminers). Also Recorded in Dorset (Jenny Seawright (Facebook Group).
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Goniodoma limoniella (Coleophora limoniella)
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elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Balearic
Is., Cyprus, French mainland, Greek mainland, Italian mainland,
Malta, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Spanish mainland and The Netherlands
(Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).
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