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Family Coleophoridae - Casebearer Moths

Moth - Coleophora mayrella Tiny Larva in Cocoon - Coleophora Coleophora mayrella ? - Coleophora Casebearer Moth [Coleophora] - Coleophora Caddisfly?  Moth? - Coleophora Coleophoridae: Coleophora? Moth - Coleophora Coleophora ex Rosa virginiana - Coleophora
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea
Family Coleophoridae (Casebearer Moths)
Explanation of Names
They are called casebearers because the larvae live in portable cases made of plant material, frass and silk.
Size
Small to very small moths, wingspan 5-26 mm.
Identification
Wings lancelike, usually one color; sometimes streaked or dusted with other colors.
Food
Larvae mine in leaves, seeds and (rarely) stems.
Life Cycle
From the second instar onward coleophorid larvae spend their entire life in a portable case that they make, using silk, host plant material, or a combination of both (with no variation within species). Case shape and construction is very often species specific, particularly when coupled with host plant.
Some species, overwinter as fully grown larvae, others need to feed in the spring to complete their development.
[excerpts of edited quote by Jean-Francois Landry, copied from John Himmelman's website]
Print References
(1), page 441.
Works Cited
1.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.