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37.029 Coleophora orbitella Zeller, 1847
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the blotches are greenish in colour


Food Plant: Betula spp. (birch), Alnus sp. (Alder),(Corylus avellanae (Hazel) and Carpinus betulae (Hornbeam) in Europe)

Egg: beneath the leaf

Mine: August - April

Notes: The final case is brown and is tubular with slight dorsal and ventral keels. The case is made from two leaves, with the intial leaf turning grey and the newer leaf brown. The mine is shown on Betula pendula. The larva makes medium sized blotches, which are greenish in colour (as shown). This distinguishes it from those made by Col.milvipennis, which are larger and brownish in colour. A local and widespread species in the UK. Found most often in Alder Carrs and stands of mature birches on heaths.

Data: 19.x.2008, Liège, Belgium

Image:© Jean-Yves Baugnée

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