Coleophora mayrella

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Coleophora mayrella
Coleophora mayrella.jpg
Live adult
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Coleophoridae
Genus: Coleophora
Species: C. mayrella
Binomial name
Coleophora mayrella
(Hübner, 1813)
  • Tinea mayrella Hübner, 1813
  • Phalaena (Tinea) fabriciella Villers, 1789
  • Porrectaria spissicornis Haworth, 1828
  • Elachista trochilipennella Costa, 1836
  • Coleophora coruscipennella Clemens, 1860
  • Coleophora aeneusella Chambers, 1874
  • Coleophora auropurpuriella Chambers, 1874
  • Coleophora tuscaemiliella Costantini, 1923
  • Damophila moldaviella Nemes, 2004

The metallic coleophora moth (Coleophora mayrella) is a moth of the Coleophoridae family. It is native to Europe and Armenia, but is an adventive species in the Nearctic ecozone, where it is found throughout the United States and southern Canada. It has also been recorded from New Zealand, Chile and Argentina. The habitat consists of grassy areas and waste ground.

The wingspan is 10–12 millimetres (0.39–0.47 in). The adults have a bronzy or greenish metallic sheen with no markings. They fly during the day as well as after dark. They are on wing in June and July in western Europe[1] and from May to August in North America.

The larvae feed within the flowers of Trifolium repens where they feed on the seeds. A larval case is built in the later stages.


  1. ^ "Coleophora mayrella". UK Moths. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 

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