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Coleophora laricella Hübner, 1817

Имаго  (Coleophora laricella)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Gelechioidea family Coleophoridae genus Coleophora → species Coleophora laricella

Species name(s)

Coleophora laricella Hübner, 1817 = Protocryptis laricella (Hubner, [1817]) = Tinea laricella Hübner, [1817] = Phalaena Tortix (Ornix) laricinella Ratzeburg, 1840 = Coleophora nigricornis Heinemann & Wocke, 1877.


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky*.

* An asterisk denotes a region for which the species is listed as an migrant or information that requires additional checking.

Forewing length

14—15 mm.

Primary colors


Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Имаго  (Coleophora laricella)

Detailed information with references

Synonyms and combinations

  • Protocryptis laricella. [3]. Peter Khramov.

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing is not more than 0.5 cm. Coloration brownish, almost without pattern, with long fringe. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Gray butterfly with a wingspan of about 10 mm. [11]. Peter Khramov.


  • Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia and the Soviet Union - the European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: Kaliningrad (?). [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Europe, Central Asia, and to Japan. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • June July. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • From May to June. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Imago

  • Fly through larch forests and parks. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • Fall and Spring. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Pupation in May. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • The needles of larch (Larix), which undermine the caterpillars. Needles at the same time turn white and dry. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Larch. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Larva

  • Caterpillar reddish-brown color. Eat away only half the needles of the tree, it makes Case consists Ogryzkov needles for the winter. [11]. Peter Khramov.


  • Eggs are laid singly on larch needles. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Overwintering stage

  • Caterpillar. [11]. Peter Khramov.


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Tom Tams.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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