Coleophora lutarea (Haworth, 1828)
The larva passes almost its entire life in a capsule, feeding on the ripening seeds; at the outside nothing betrays its presence. Only when full-grown, it makes a silken case within the now empty and dry capsule, that has been cut loose from its peduncle; only the tip of the case projects from the mouth of the capsule. Sometimes the larva continues for a while feeding on another capsule, but most often it leaves the host plant and walks up a tree. Here it gnaws a cavity in the bark, leaving the case behind, and enters the winter diapause.
Caryophyllaceae, narrowly monophagous
The larvae are full fed and leave their capsule in mid-June.
distribution within Europe
Most of Europa, not in Ireland and the Balkan Peninsula; Corley ao, (PESI, 2018).
Observed in Belgium (De Prins & Steeman) and in the Netherlands (Microlepidoptera).
Metriotes lutarea; Metriotes modestella (Duponchel, 1838).
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Microlepidoptera Bayern (2017a), Bauer, Stübner, Neinhuis & Nuss (2012a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Corley, Marabuto, Maravalhas ao (2008a), Corley, Nunes, Rosete & Ferreira (2019a), Corley, Rosete, Gonçalves ao (2018a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Pröse (1995a), Patzak (1974a,b), De Prins & Steeman (2011a), Robbins (1991a), Toll (1962a).