Coleophora virgaureae Stainton, 1857
on Galatella, Solidago, (Tripolium)
case (from Patzak, 1974a)
The larva in a 5-6 mm long, trivalved, dark brown cylindrical silken case with a mouth angle of 40°-70°. The larvae feed upon the fruits. As the picture above shows, fragments of the pappus are incorporated in the case. These fragments may be expected to erode anyway in the course of the winter.
Mainly on Solidago; perhaps only occasionally on Tripolium.
distribution within Europe
Europe, except the Mediterranean area (PESI, 2018).
The larvae of obscenella and virgaurea are clearly different. In virgaurea the head is dark brown and the thoracic sclerites are strongly chitinised and sharply defined.
from Baldizzone & Tabell (2002a)
The species has been synonymised for a long time with Coleophora obscenella; this has been corrected by Baldizzone & Tabell (2002a).
Baldizzone (1979a, 2004a, 2008a), Baldizzone & Tabell (2002a), Bland (1986a), Corley, Merckx, Cardoso, ao (2012a), Huemer (1986b), Kasy (1979a, 1987a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2006a), Marek & Krampl (1990a), Nel (1992b), Patzak (1974a), Robbins (1991a), Stark & Buchner (2016a).