Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora albicosta

Coleophora albicosta (Haworth, 1828)

gorse case-bearer

on Ulex

Coleophora albicosta: case on Ulex europaeus

Ulex europaeus, Belgium, prov. Namur, Maizeret © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Coleophora albicosta: case on Ulex europaea

another specimen


After a larva has eaten out its first pod it makes a case of out of a section of a calyx. This gall is ± 7 mm long, trivalved, with a mouth angle of 45°-60°. Once full fed it leaves the first case and makes a new silken case in the angle between the lower, boat-shaped part of the calyx and the keel of the flower; the flower dries, but doesn’t fall off. In the new case it hibernates, and pupates in the spring.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Ulex europaeus, gallii.


Larvae from mid-August. The hibernation case is made in November.


distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


Baldizzone (1985d), Bland (1980a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Gielis, Huisman, Kuchlein ao (1985a), Huisman, Koster, Muus & van Nieukerken (2013a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2003a), Michaelis (1983a), Patzak (1974a), De Prins (2010a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a), Robbins (1991a), Schröder & Zwölfer (1970a), Steeman & Sierens (2018a), Suire (1961a), Wegner (2010a), Wullaert (2018a).

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