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Coleophora pennella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

An uncommon species in Belgium, mainly occuring on dry calcareous or sandy soils.

The larva lives in a composite leaf case made from hairy leaf fragments of mainly Anchusa officinalis and  Echium vulgare but also on Cynoglossum, Lithospernum, Myosotis and Pulmonaria. The final case resembles a willow catkin. It hibernates.

The adults fly in one generation a year; onwards from late May till July. The come to light.

Belgium, Hainaut, Ciply, 20 May 2009.
reared from case (Photo © Jean-Yves Baugnée)
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