Coleophora adjectella - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth


Las Descargues, 28 July 2010
Coleophora adjectella Adult


© Robin Howard

Coleophora adjectella Herrich-Schaffer, 1861

Wingspan: 9-10mm

A univoltine species on the wing from June to early-August when it is an occasional visitor to light. Recorded from Las Descargues, scrub on the Fournanty Plateau and mixed, broadleaved woodland of the gorge.

Eggs are laid on the leaves of Prunus spinosa, P. Avium, Crataegus spp., with larvae feeding in an almost rectangular blotch mine (See MOGBI Vol. 3 for full description) from August on. Pupation takes place in a case attached to the leaf or an adjacent twig.