Coleophora pennella

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Coleophora pennella
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Coleophoridae
Genus: Coleophora
Species: C. pennella
Binomial name
Coleophora pennella
(Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775)[1]
  • Tinea pennella Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775
  • Coleophora flavilineella Toll, 1952
  • Coleophora diffinis Staudinger, 1879
  • Phalaena (Tinea) borowskiella Goeze, 1783
  • Tinea mucosa Geoffroy in Fourcroy, 1785
  • Phalaena (Tinea) onosmella Brahm, 1791
  • Tinea onosmella Brahm, 1791
  • Tinea struthionipennella Hübner, 1796
  • Coleophora onosmella enervatella Zeller, 1849
  • Coleophora hispanicella Möschler, 1866
  • Coleophora nervosella Müller-Rutz, 1927
  • Coleophora gogovi Capuse, 1971

Coleophora pennella is a moth of the Coleophoridae family. It is found in most of Europe.

Leaves of Echium vulgare eaten by the larva, with two larval cases attached

The wingspan is 15–20 millimetres (0.59–0.79 in). Adults are on wing from June to July.[2]

The larvae feed on Anchusa officinalis, Cynoglossum officinale, Echium italicum, Echium vulgare, Lithospermum officinale, Myosotis, Nonea, Onosma, Pentaglottis, Pulmonaria officinalis and Symphytum officinale. Young larva feed on the developing seeds and hibernate in their first case which is made of the tip of a petal. After hibernation, they make a laterally flattened, composite leaf case. Fleck mines are made at the margin of the leaves. The mouth angle is about 70°.[3] Full-grown larvae can be found from mid May to early June.