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Spatulate and Tubular Leaf Casebearers

Micro moth - Coleophora Casebearer Moth - Coleophora irroratella Coleophora serratella Cigar Casebearer Moth  - Coleophora serratella Coleophorid on Cornus drummondi - Coleophora cornella Coleophora on red oak - Coleophora Coleophora comptoniella Pecan Cigar Casebearer - Coleophora laticornella - female
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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 Spatulate and Tubular Leaf Casebearers
Numbers
At least 5 species construct tubular leaf cases, and at least 16 species construct spatulate leaf cases. (1)
Food
Leaves of woody plants. (1)
Remarks
Larvae construct cases using cut-outs of epidermal layers from leaves they have mined, reinforced with silk (1). When a case is outgrown, it is discarded and a whole new case is constructed (2).