Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora proterella

Coleophora proterella Wikström & Tabell, 2016

on Solidago

Coleophora proterella: case

case (from Tabell & Wikström)

parasite

The larvae feed on the seeds, living in a 5-6 mm long, trivalved case of brown silk, covered with pappus fragments.

hostplants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Solidago virgaurea.

phenology

Larvae from late July to September or early October.

BENELUX

Not yet known from the Benelux-countries.

distribution within Europe

Currently known from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Hungary, Portugal and Spain; probably all Europe.

larva

notes

Long confused with C. virgaureae; both the cases and the moths are closely similar, and the larvae of the two species may occur together. The moths of proterella fly earlier (in northern Europe end of May till early July).

references

Buschmann & Pastorális (2017a), Tabell & Wikström (2016a).

Last modified 24.ii.2018