Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora adjectella

Coleophora adjectella Hering, 1937

southern case-bearer

Coleophora adjectella case

from Toll (1962a), after Hering


The first youth case is cut out of an oval mine in the centre of the leaf. The second and third, final, case are excised out of a mine along the leaf margin, and therefore have a serrate dorsal keel. The final case is a spatulate leaf case, laterally strongly compressed, 6-7 mm long, with a bivalved, square-cut rear end. The mouth angle is c. 45°.

Both in his key for Crataegus and Prunus Hering (1957a) writes that the mouth angle is 0°, causing the case to lie flat on the leaf. At the same time he refers to an illustration (practically identical to the one above) that contradicts this.

host plants

Rosaceae, oligophagous

Crataegus; Prunus domestica, spinosa.


Larvae from about August till May (Emmet ao, 1996a), but in Denmark the larvae hibernate twice (Buhl ao, 1991a).


Found in Belgium in 2014 (Van Steenwinkel & Wullaert, 2016a).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to Spain, Sardinia, Sicily, and Greece, and from Britain to Poland and Slovakia (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


See Emmet ao (1996a).


Coleophora badiipennella adjectella.


Some authors, including Hering (1957a), Patzak (1974a), and Emmet ao (1996a) consider Herrich-Schäffer, 1861 author of the species. Why Baldizzone ao (2006a) and the Fauna Europaea (2010) disagree is not stated.


Baldizzone (1983c, 2004a, 2020a), Baldizzone & Hartig (1978a), Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Baldizzone, van der Wolf & Landry (2006a), Beiger (1980a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhl ao (1991a), Corley, Marabuto, Maravalhas ao (2009a), Emmet (1980b), Emmet, Heckford, Langmaid ao (1996a), Haslberger, Grünewald, Lichtmannecker, ao (2012a), Hering (1957a), Huemer (1988a), Kaltenbach & Roesler (1985a), Kvičala (1938a), Nel (1992c), Patzak (1974), Pinzari, Pinzari & Zilli (2013a), Razowski (1990a), Van Steenwinkel & Wullaert (2016a), Suire (1961a), Toll (1962a), Wegner (2007a), Wullaert (2017a).

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