Coleophora anatipennella

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Coleophora anatipennella
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Scientific classification
C. anatipennella
Binomial name
Coleophora anatipennella
(Hübner, 1796)

Coleophora anatipenella (lapsus)
Coleophora tiliella Zeller, 1849
Tinea anatipenella Hübner, 1796
Tinea anatipenella (lapsus)
Tinea bernoulliella Goeze, 1783 (but see text)
Porrectaria anatipennis Haworth, 1828
Coleophora anatipennella var. obscurella Krulikovskij, 1909
Coleophora albidella Pierce & Metcalfe, 1935
Coleophora ringoniella Oku, 1965
Coleophora malivorella Matsumura, 1905

Coleophora anatipennella is a moth of the case-bearer family (Coleophoridae). It was described by Hübner in 1796. It is the type species of its genus (Coleophora) and, via that, of its family.[1]

Sloe twig with leaf eaten by the larva and a case attached to the stem

It is not completely understood to what moth J.F.A. Goeze's 1783 description of the supposedly distinct C. bernoulliella refers to, but it is presumed to be the same species as C. anatipennella.[1]

Range and ecology[edit]

C. anatipennella is found in Europe eastwards to the Ural Mountains; southeastwards its range extends across Asia Minor to Iran.[1] It has also been recorded from Japan.

The caterpillars feed mainly on the leaves of Rosaceae and Fagales trees, as well as some others. Recorded host plants are:[1]

Before hibernation the young larvae make tiny mines. After hibernation, they continue window feeding. In this latter stage the larve lives in a shining black pistol case of about 7 mm. The mouth angle is 70°-80°.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e See references in Savela (2010)
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  • Savela, Markku (2010): Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and some other life forms – Coleophora. Version of 2010-FEB-01. Retrieved 13 April 2010.