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


Goniodoma limoniella (Stainton, 1884)
[Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae]

Silver-streaked Case-bearer

Coleophora limoniella Stainton, 1884. Ent. mon. Mag. 21: 60.
Goniodoma limoniella
(Stainton, 1884).

Seed-feeder and case-bearer: The larva eats the seeds inside a flower and then uses this as a case. The larva over winters in the stem of the plant (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).

Larva of Goniodoma limoniella on Limonium vulgare
Larva of Goniodoma limoniella on Limonium vulgare
Image: © Jenny Seawright (Facebook Group)

Pupa: The pupae of moths have visible head appendages, wings and legs which lie in sheaths (see examples).

Adult: The adult is illustrated in UKMoths by Jon Clifton. The species is included in

Hosts in Great Britain and Ireland:

Limonium vulgare Common sea-lavender British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. British leafminers

Hosts elsewhere:

Limonium vulgare Common sea-lavender British Wild Flowers by John Somerville et al. Belgian Lepidoptera

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

Time of year - adults: Currently unknown.

Distribution in Great Britain and Ireland: Coastal. Britain including Dorset, East Kent, East Norfolk, East Suffolk, Isle of Wight, North Essex, South-east Yorkshire and West Norfolk (NBN Atlas) and Hampshire (Hayling Island) (British leafminers).

Distribution elsewhere: Widespread in continental Europe including Balearic Is., Cyprus, French mainland, Greek mainland, Italian mainland, Malta, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Spanish mainland and The Netherlands (Fauna Europaea).

NBN Atlas links to known host species:

Limonium vulgare

British and Irish Parasitoids in Britain and elsewhere:

Ichneumonoidea - Links to species no longer available  
Dolichogenidea halidayi (Marshall, 1872)) Braconidae: Microgastrinae
Dolichogenidea victor (Wilkinson, 1941)) Braconidae: Microgastrinae
Pholetesor arisba (Nixon, 1973) Braconidae: Microgastrinae

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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