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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Genus Coleophora

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Gelechioidea (Twirler Moths and kin)
Family Coleophoridae (Casebearer Moths)
Subfamily Coleophorinae
Genus Coleophora
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Coleophora Hübner, 1822
Explanation of Names
Coleophora from the Greek koleos meaning "sheath" and phor meaning "carry". (1)
Numbers
158 described species in North America listed at MPG (2)
"Coleophora is a very large genus with hundreds of species in the USA, the majority of which are still nameless and undescribed." [Jean-Francois Landry]
Remarks
"Coleophora larvae are heavily parasitized by hymenopterous parasites (braconid wasps most often)." [Jean-Francois Landry]
Print References
Bucheli et al. 2002 p. 71-93(3)
Landry, J-F. 1994. Two new species of metallic-green Coleophora Hübner (Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae) from the nearctic region, and first records of C. Mayrella (Hübner) from South America. The Canadian Entomologist. 126(5): 1185-1191
Landry, J-F. 2005. Two New Species of Coleophora from the New World, with Record of a New Hostplant Family for Coleophorines (Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae: Coleophorinae). Holarctic Lepidoptera. 10(1-2): 9-15
Landry & Wright, 1993 (4)