Coleophora saponariella Heeger, 1848
Saponaria officinalis, Romania, Danube delta, Tulcea distr., Sulina; © Camelia Ureche
Saponaria officinalis, Vlodrop-Station; © Arnold Schreurs
Saponaria officinalis, Vlodrop-Station; © Frans Groenen
Saponaria officinalis, Belgium, prov. Namur, Viroinval, Vierves-sur-Viroin © Stéphane Claerebout: initial gallery
Saponaria officinalis, Belgium, prov. Namur, Olloy, Tienne du Moulin © Stéphane Claerebout: old case
Saponaria officinalis, Belgium, prov. Namur, Rochefort: early mine; © Jean-Yves Baugnée
from Toll (1962a)
The young larva at first makes an upper-surface, later full depth corridor, out of which the first case is cut. The definite case is an almost straight, trivalved tubular silken case. Its length is 7 mm (Hering, 1957a), 8-10 mm according to Suire (1961a). Mouth angle 70-80°. The case is ash grey with blackish length lines. The case depicted by Toll is entirely smooth, but Schütze (1931a) writes that towards the mouth the surface is granular.
According to Suire (1961a) also on Saponaria ocymoides.
Larvae from September till May (Hering, 1957a). Statements in the literature that the species were to continue feeding after hibernation, are incorrect (Patzak, 1974a).
Recently found in Belgium (Snyers ao, 2013a) and the Netherlands.
distribution within Europe
From Sweden to Portugal and Italy, and from France to Poland and Romania (Corley, Marabuto & Pires, 2007a; Fauna Europaea, 2009).
Often very numerous (Hering, 1957a; Kayser 2011a).
Baldizzone (1979a), Beiger (1980a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Corley, Marabuto & Pires (2007a), Hering (1932g, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Kayser (2011a), Klimesch (1950c, 1958c), Maček (1999a), Nel (1992b,c), Nowakowski (1954a), Patzak (1974a), Popescu-Gorj & Drăghia (1966a), Razowski (1990a), Schütze (1931a), Skala (1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Snyers, De Prins, Baugnée & Vereecken (2013a), Stammer (2016a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Ureche (2010a), Zoerner (1969a).