Coleophoridae

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Coleophora albicosta
Author: Patrick Clement
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Coleophoridae - (casebearer moths)

This family contains around 1,500 species of small moths with narrow wings and without ocelli. Taxonomically, the family is related to the Gelechiidae. Several species are pests of crops or forest trees like Coleophora deauratella which feeds on the developing seeds of clover and can cause substantial yield losses in clover grown for seed production. Coleophora laricella is an introduced pest of larch in North America.

The adult moths have a characteristic resting position with their body slanting upwards and the antennae pointing forward. The larvae initially mine leaves or seeds. In later instars they feed externally and construct a protective case.


The following genera and individual species are currently entered into the system: