Coleophora albicosta (Haworth, 1828)
Ulex europaeus, Belgium, prov. Namur, Maizeret © Jean-Yves Baugnée
After a larva has eaten out its first pod it makes a case of out of a section of a calyx. This gall is ± 7 mm long, trivalved, with a mouth angle of 45°-60°. Once full fed it leaves the first case and makes a new silken case in the angle between the lower, boatshaped part of the calyx and the keel of the flower; the flower dries, but doesn’t fall off. In the new case it hibernates, and pupates in the spring.
Ulex europaeus, gallii.
Larvae from mid-August. The hibernation case is made in November.
distribution within Europe
Baldizzone (1985d), Bland (1980a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Gielis, Huisman, Kuchlein ao (1985a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2003a), Michaelis (1983a), Patzak (1974a), De Prins (2010a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a), Robbins (1991a), Schröder & Zwölfer (1970a), Suire (1961a), Wegner (2010a).