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Coleophora kuehnella (Goeze, 1783)

A rather common species in Belgium.

The larva lives in a black pistol-case on Quercus. The final case has a silken cape covering the pistol-case almost completely which make the case look like a bird-dropping. It hibernates and later pupates in the case fixed in a sunny position on the upper surface of a leaf.

The adults fly in one generation a year; onwards from late July towards August. They come to light.


Belgium, Namur, Lavaux Ste.-Anne, 11 May 2007.
final case on Quercus  (Photo © Chris Steeman)
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