Coleophora albicans Zeller, 1849

wormwood case-bearer

Coleophora albicans case

from Toll (1962a)


Squat tubular silken case of 6-7 mm. The front half is covered with felt, the rear half is greyish with some darker length lines. The case is trivalved, the mouth angle is c. 15-30°. The larva not only lives on the leaves, but also feeds in the inflorescence.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Artemisia absinthium, campestris, maritima.


The larvae are full-frown already in September, and do not feed any more after hibernation (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Bulgaria, and from Britain to South Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Coleophora artemisiella Scott, 1861; C. simillimella Fuchs, 1881.


Baldizzone, Tokár, Z & S Kovács (2004a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1935a), Emmet ao (1996a), Hering (1957a), Huisman & Koster (1994a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Klimesch (1950c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Leutsch (2011a), Patzak (1974a), Razowski (1990a), Ricker (2010a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Suire (1961a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Wegner (2010a).