Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora adelogrammella

Coleophora adelogrammella Zeller 1849

Coleophora adelogrammella case

Petrorhagia saxifraga, Oostenrijk; uit Klimesch (1052b)

Coleophora adelogrammella youth case

same, youth case


Trivalved tubular silken case of 7-7.5 mm; mouth angle 30-35°; antero-dorsally mostly with a conspicuous darkened field. The youth case, that still functions during the hibernation, is a blackish brown bivalved sheath case.

In spring the larvae not only mine the leaves, but also the stems; they do so much damage that the shoots turn brown and die.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, oligophagous

Dianthus arenarius, caryophyllus, deltoides, pontederae, scaber, sylvestris; Petrorhagia prolifera, saxifraga.


Larvae from September till June (Hering, 1957a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to Iberia, Corsica, Italy, Macedonia and Thrace, and from France to Hungary (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Klimesch (1952b) and Suire (1961a).


Coleophora separatella Benander, 1939.


Baldizzone (1979a, 1987b, 2020a), Baldizzone & Luquet (1981a), Corley, Rosete, Romão ao (2015a), Hering (1957a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Klimesch (1952b), Nel (1992b), Stark & Buchner (2016a), Suire (1961a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Vávra (2016a).

Last modified 7.i.2023