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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Goniodoma limoniella (Stainton, 1884)
[Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae]

Silver-streaked Case-bearer

Coleophora limoniella Stainton, 1884. Ent. mon. Mag. 21: 60.
Goniodoma limoniella
(Stainton, 1884).

Seed-feeder 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 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).

Larva of Goniodoma limoniella on Limonium vulgare
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).

Adult: 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:

Limonium vulgare Common sea-lavender British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. British leafminers

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

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

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution 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).

NBN Grid Map:

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Goniodoma limoniella (Coleophora limoniella)
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Distribution 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).

NBN Interactive Grid Maps of known host species:

Limonium vulgare

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere:

Dolichogenidea halidayi (Marshall, 1872)) Braconidae: Microgastrinae
Dolichogenidea victor (Wilkinson, 1941)) Braconidae: Microgastrinae
Pholetesor arisba (Nixon, 1973) Braconidae: Microgastrinae

External links: Search the internet:

Belgian Lepidoptera
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Bladmineerders van Europa
British leafminers
Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea
NBN Gateway
NHM UK Checklist
UKMoths, as Coleophora limoniella

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