Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora albicostella

Coleophora albicostella (Duponchel, 1843)

Coleophora albicostella case

from Toll (1962a)


Yellowish white spatulate leaf case; laterally strongly compressed, bivalved.

host plants

Rosaceae, oligophagous

Comarum palustre; ? Fragaria vesca; Potentilla incana, tabaernaemontani.

According to (Hering, 1957a) also Rubus and Sanguisorba. A reference to Cytisus ciliatus by Maček (1999a) does not seem very plausible.

Cases on Potentilla fruticosa (but possibly also other species of this genus) probably belong to C. peri, with which albicostella until the seventies was confused.

A study by van Roosmalen & Doorenbos of the Dutch material of this species that was reared from Fragaria showed that all was misidentified. They doubt if strawberry is a host plant of albicostella at all.


Larvae from autumn till May (Huisman & Koster, 1994a)


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).

LUX not recorded

distribution within Europe

From Latvia to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Greece, and Cyprus (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Coleophora approximata Gozmány, 1956.


Baldizzone (1979b, 1983c, 1996a, 2004a), Beiger (1960a), Biesenbaum (2010b), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1935b, 1936a), Hering (1957a), Huisman & Koster (1994a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kasy (1965a, 1987a), Klimesch (1958c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Langohr (1984a), Maček (1999a), Nel (1992b), Patzak (1974a,b), Razowski (1990), van Roosmalen & Doorenbos (2015a), van Roosmalen, Wijker & Knijnsberg (2013a), Sønderup (1949a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1952a, 1962a).

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