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Coleophora spinella (Schranck, 1802)

A common species in Belgium, but overlooked.

The larva mines a leaf and later lives in a series of portable cases on Cotoneaster, Crataegus, Malus, Prunus, Pyrus, Sorbus etc... Pupation in the case, generally attached to the upper surface of a leaf in a sunny position.

The adults fly in June and July. They become active shortly after sunrise and at sunset.

Belgium, Namur, Namèche, 11 June 2008.
case on leaf of Crataegus monogyna, determination by W. N. Ellis
(Photo © Jean-Yves Baugnée)

Comments to Willy De Prins or Chris Steeman
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