Coleophora currucipennella Zeller, 1839
scarce wood case-bearer
Quercus sp., België, prov Namen, Parc naturelle de Furfooz © Guido De Prins
Quercus rubra, Tilburg, de Kaaistoep © Paul van Wielink
Salix cinerea, Naardermeer
the “ear” from the side …
… and from above
Quercus robur, Belgium, prov, Namur, Doische, Matagne-la-Grande, RN Hurée © Stéphane Claerebout: case with characteristic skeleton feeding
case and larva, dorsal view
The full grown larva lives in a dull black pistol case of c 9 mm that, with a mouth angle of 80-90°, stands erect on the leaf. Characteristic is the presence of some ear-like flaps.
At least after the hibernation the larvae do not mine any more, but rather cause skeleton feeding.
Polyphagous on woody plants
It seems that the spectre of hostplants differs from one region to the other. Most authors mention Carpinus, Corylus, and Quercus, but Emmet ao (1969a) do not mention Corylus for Britain; but they do mention Salix, that among the continental authors is mentioned only by Schütze (1931a). For Suire (1961a) the primary host plant is Betula; no one else mentions that plant.
The larvae are full grown in early June (Emmet ao, 1996a).
BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).
NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a; Microlepidoptera.nl, 2010).
LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).
distribution within Europe
Almost all Europe, except Ireland, the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean Islands (Fauna Europaea, 2010).
See Suire (1961a).
Baldizzone (1979a, 1985d, 1986b, 2004a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1935a, 1936a, 1937a), Burmann (1992a), Corley, Nunes, Rosete, ao (2020a), Dimic (1971a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Graf, Kaiser, Leutsch ao (2013a), Hering (1934a, 1957a), Huemer (2012a), Huemer & Erlebach (2003a), Kasy (1965a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Michna (1975a), Nel (1992c), Nowakowski (1954a), Patzak (1974a), De Prins (1998a), De Prins & Steeman (2013a, 2014a), Razowski (1990a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sønderup (1949a), Stammer (2016a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Vávra (2016a), van Wielink (2020a).