The leaf and stem mines of British flies and other insects

(Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera and Lepidoptera)

by Brian Pitkin, Willem Ellis, Colin Plant and Rob Edmunds


Coleophora aestuariella (Bradley, 1984)
[Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae]

Buff Blite Case-bearer

Coleophora aestuariella Bradley, 1984. Ent. gaz. 35: 137-140.

Case of Coleophora aestuariella on Suaeda maritima Image: © Rob Edmunds (British leafminers)

Case of Coleophora aestuariella on Suaeda maritima
Image: © Rob Edmunds (British leafminers).

Leaf-miner and case-bearer: The larval case is illustrated in British leafminers.

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).

Adult: The adult is not illustrated in UKMoths (check for update). The species is included in

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland:

Suaeda maritima Annual Sea-blite British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. British leafminers

Hosts elsewhere: Currently unknown.

Time of year - larvae: September - June (British leafminers).

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Britain including Hampshire (Hayling Island) (British leafminers); North Essex (NBN Atlas).

Found in the upper parts of salt marsh, close to high water mark (British leafminers).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Bulgaria, French mainland, Greek mainland, Italian mainland, Portuguese mainland, Spanish mainland and Ukraine (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Suaeda maritima

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere: Currently unknown.

External links: Search the internet:

Belgian Lepidoptera
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Bladmineerders van Europa
British leafminers
Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea
NBN Atlas
NHM UK Checklist

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