Coleophora albidella

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Coleophora albidella
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Coleophoridae
Genus: Coleophora
Species: C. albidella
Binomial name
Coleophora albidella
(Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
  • Tinea albidella Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775
  • Phalena (Tinea) trembleyella Villers, 1789
  • Coleophora incanella Tengström, 1848
  • Coleophora anatipennella[verification needed] Pierce & Metcalfe, 1935 (non Hübner, 1796: preoccupied)
  • Coleophora razowskii Capuse, 1971

Coleophora albidella is a moth of the Coleophoridae family. It is found in all of Europe, except the Balkan Peninsula.

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The wingspan is 13–16 mm. Adults are on wing from June to July.

The larvae feed on Salix repens, Salix aurita, Salix cinerea and sometimes Salix caprea. The larvae bore into expanding leaf buds and later skeletonize young leaves. Sometimes they mine a leaf in the usual manner of other Coleophora species. It builds a pistol shaped case from silk and fragments of leaf and frass which has a mouth angle of about 70°, thus standing almost erect on the leaf. The sides of the case are usually adorned with hairs from the leaf surface.

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