Coleophora vicinella

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Coleophora vicinella
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C. vicinella
Binomial name
Coleophora vicinella
Zeller, 1849[1]
Synonyms
  • Coleophora gypsophilae Christoph, 1862

Coleophora vicinella is a moth of the family Coleophoridae. It is found from France to Ukraine and then further south.

The wingspan is 16–17 mm.[2]

The larvae feed on Astragalus, Coronilla, Dorycnium, Galega and Medicago sativa. They create an ochreous pistol case with many sharp ridges and a sharp ventral keel. The pallium (cloak) covers about three quarters of the case and has a pair of wing like extensions at the rear. It is strongly inflated and has a scalloped surface structure. The colour is yellowish white at first, but brown or even black later. The mouth angle is 45°. Older larvae no longer feed within fleck mines, but feed on all leaf tissue except the stronger veins.[3] Larvae can be found from autumn to May of the following year.

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