Coleophora siccifolia Stainton, 1856
grey birch case-bearer
all sort of woody plants
Mespilus germanica, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Geel, Mosselgoren, 22.ix.2020 © Carina Van Steenwinkel
Sorbus aucuparia, Assen, Amelterbos 17ix.2019 © Ben van As
Myrica gale, Belgium, prov. Limbourg, Rekem, Vallei van de Zijpbeek, 16.ix.2017 © Carina Van Steenwinkel
several feeding traces, including the mine from which the case has been cut
Crataegus monogyna, Loon (Dr), 28.viii.2017 © Ben van As
from Toll (1952a)
Betula, Belgium, Wortegem-Petegem, 29.viii.2009 © Steve Wullaert
Crataegus monogyna, Belgium, prov. Liège, Flémalle-Haute: youth case, 2.v.2012 © Jean-Yves Baugnée
Betula, Belgium, prov. Namur, Vierves-sur-Viroin © Stéphane Claerebout
Tubular leaf case. The case is almost barrel-shaped, with a large leaf fragment that, while withering, folds itself untidily around the tube.
Before a larva leaves a mine to start on a fresh one, it often detaches the upper epidermis by cutting along the sides of the mine; often completely, sometimes only partially. The detached epidermis falls off or, when it is only partially loosened, dries and curls (Emmet, 1980a).
The young larva, in autumn, initially mines a gallery. A silken-lined side branch, positioned along a thick vein, serves as a resting place during feeding pauses. After this period the larva makes an oval blotch, excises it to form its first case, and goes into hibernation.
Alnus; Betula alleghaniensis, nana, pendula, pubescens; Carpinus betulus; Crataegus crus-galli, laevigata, monogyna; Ligustrum ovalifolium; Malus domestica; Mespilus germanica; Myrica gale; Sorbus aucuparia; Tilia.
Larvae are full-fed in Britain in end August, but continental authors write October (Emmet ao, 1996a).
BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).
NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a; Microlepidoptera.nl, 2009).
LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).
distribution within Europe
Probably all of Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).
Only three pairs of abdominal prolegs (Emmet ao, 1996a).
Ahr (1966a), Bachmaier (1965a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Burmann (1992a), Emmet (1980a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Hering (1921a, 1927b, 1957a), Huemer & Erlebach (2003a), Huisman & Koster (1996a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2004a), Huisman, Kuchlein, van Nieukerken ao (1986a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Klimesch (1989a), Klimesch & Skala (1936a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Maček (1999a), Michaelis (1983a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), Patzak (1974a), De Prins (2010a), Pröse (1995a), Robbins (1991a), Skala (1951a), Sønderup (1949a), Stammer (2016a), Steeman & Sierens (2018a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1962), Zoerner (1975a).