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Coleophora glitzella

Coleophora glitzella is a moth of the family Coleophoridae. It is found from Fennoscandia and northern Russia to Italy and from Great Britain to Romania. It was recently reported from Yukon, Canada.[2]

Coleophora glitzella
Scientific classification
C. glitzella
Binomial name
Coleophora glitzella


The wingspan is 10–14 mm.[3]

The larvae feed on Vaccinium vitis-idaea and Vaccinium uliginosum. Young larvae make a frass-filled corridor, widening it into a blotch. They then cut an elongated piece of epidermis out of the upper and lower epidermis of this blotch and use it to construct the first case. In this case they overwinter. After hibernation, the larva makes a new case in the same manner. It hibernates for the second time and constructs yet another case. The case of the full-grown larva is a spatulate leaf case of 6–8 mm, composed of two elongates pieces of epidermis. The case is straight. The mouth angle is about 90°.[4] Full-grown larvae can be found at the end of April.


  1. ^ "Coleophora glitzella Hofmann, 1869". Fauna Europaea. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  2. ^ Shared but overlooked: 30 species of Holarctic Microlepidoptera revealed by DNA barcodes and morphology
  3. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
  4. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2012-09-22. Retrieved 2011-04-29.

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