Coleophora alacanta Tabell, 2012
Anthyllis cytisoides, Spain © Reijo Siloaho; from Tabell, 2012a).
The larva is a leafminer, living in a composite leaf case consisting of four leaf fragments, cut of of vacated mines. The case is 6 mm long, light reddish brown, bivalved, with a mouth angle of 30°.
Fabaceae, narrowly monophagous
Larva in spring.
distribution within Europe
Spain, incl. Baleares.
The description by Baldizzone, Luquet, Klimesch & Leraut (1981a) of Coleophora rudella was based on a misdentification and actually applied to alacanta.