of Coleophora aestuariella on Suaeda maritima
Image: © Rob Edmunds (British
and case-bearer: The
larval case is illustrated in British
Larva: The larvae of moths have a head capsule and chewing mouthparts with opposable mandibles (see video of a gracillarid larva feeding), six thoracic legs and abdominal legs (see examples).
Pupa: The pupae of moths have visible head appendages, wings and legs which lie in sheaths (see examples).
The adult is not illustrated in UKMoths (check for update). The genitalia are not illustrated by the Lepidoptera
Dissection Group (check for update).
Hosts in Great Britain & Ireland:
elsewhere: Currently unknown.
of year - larvae: September - June (British
of year - adults: Currently unknown.
in Great Britain & Ireland: Britain including Hampshire
(Hayling Island) (British
leafminers); North Essex (NBN
in the upper parts of salt marsh, close to high water mark (British
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Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Bulgaria, French mainland,
Greek mainland, Italian mainland, Portuguese mainland, Spanish mainland
and Ukraine (Karsholt and van Nieukerken in Fauna Europaea).
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British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.