Coleophora virgatella

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Coleophora virgatella
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Coleophoridae
Genus: Coleophora
Species: C. virgatella
Binomial name
Coleophora virgatella
Zeller, 1849[1]

Coleophora virgatella is a moth of the Coleophoridae family. It is found from Germany and Poland to the Pyrenees, Italy and Greece. It has also been recorded from southern Russia and central Asia.

Mined leaf of Salvia pratensis with larva-case attached
Larval case

Adults are on wing from late June to July.[2]

The larvae feed on Salvia glutinosa, Salvia pratensis and Stachys species. They create a curved, dark brown lobe case, of which the lobes untidily stick in every direction. The mouth angle is about 45°.[3] Larvae can be found from autumn to May of the following year.