Family Coleophoridae

Casebearer Moths

Moths in family Coleophoridae are known as casebearer moths. The common name of the family can be misleading, since a number of other moth taxa have larvae that construct cases. Hatchlings in Coleophoridae feed internally in plants (as leaf miners, for example), while the later instar larvae live in protective cases and feed on foliage and seeds. Adults feed at flowers, and are attracted to lights.

The great majority of species in this family have been placed in the large, nominate genus Coleophora. This genus will doubtless be split as taxonomic studies of the family are conducted.

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Coleophora mayrella
Coleophora nr. asterophagella
Coleophora sp.