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Coleophora alticolella Zeller, 1849

An uncommon species in Belgium. 

The larva feeds within a seed capsule of Juncus spp., and at the end of the third instar, it constructs a case and feed externally on the seeds. Most larvae overwinter full-fed, usually in leaflitter, less often embedded among the seed capsules.

The adults fly in June and July. They are active onwards from dusk till dawn at sunrise. They come to light.


Belgium, Antwerpen, Kapellen, 15 June 2005.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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