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Silk Casebearers

empty casebearer moth cases on mature fruits of great water dock (Rumex britannica) - Coleophora benestrigatella Coleophora Moth - Coleophora Coleophora cratipennella? - Coleophora cratipennella Moth  - Coleophora Coleophora quadruplex Coleophora - Coleophora cratipennella Coleophora cratipennella Pennsylvania Moth - Coleophora borea
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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
No Taxon Silk Casebearers
Numbers
At least 7 species make bivalved silk cases and at least 54 species make trivalved silk cases. (1)
Food
Leaves or seeds of herbaceous plants. (1)
Remarks
Larvae construct cases made of silk, which may or may not be decorated with seed pappus, sand, etc. This group is paraphyletic and basal with respect to all other Coleophora species except the seed casebearers. (1)
This group is divided into two groups, those with bivalved larval cases and those with trivalved.