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37.100 Coleophora solitariella Zeller, 1849
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case on Stellaria


Food Plant: Stellaria holostea (Greater Stitchwort), Silene maritima (Sea-campion)

Mine: September to November, feeding again from March to May.

Notes: Larva mines leaves, forming a case from an excised mine. This case is later extended, and widened by slitting the ventral side to insert a gusset. The full-grown case is 8mm long with a single ventral keel. Note the slight constriction just before the end. Shown feeding onStellaria holostea.

Data: 10.x.2011

Image:© David Shenton

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