Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora albidella

Coleophora albidella (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

white sallow case-bearer

on Salix

Coleophora albidella: case

from Toll (1962a)

Coleophora albidella: case ob Salix

Salix sp., Belgium, prov. Namur, Seilles, Sclaigneuax © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Coleophora albidella: case on Salix

Salix spec., Biddinghuizen, Spijk- en Bremerbergbos © Hans Jonkman

Coleophora albidella: case on Salix aurita

Salix aurita, France, Ardennes, Gué d’Hossus © Stéphane Claerebout


Blackish brown pistol case of about 7 mm, with a mouth angle of c. 70° standing almost erect on the leaf. The case is decorated with white wool, originating from the host plant. In comparison with C. zelleriella the case is more paunchy.


Salicaceae, monophagous

Salix aurita, caprea, cinerea & subsp. oleifolia, repens.

Erroneously reported from Carex acuta, riparia by Buhr (1935a).


Larvae are full grown about end May (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).
NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).
LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

Probably all Europe, except he Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Instead of mining, the larve often consumes all leaf tissue, leaving only the veins. It also penetrates into buds.


Baldizzone (1983c, 1991b), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1935a), Drăghia (1972a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Heckford (1986a), Hering (1957a), Huemer & Wiesner (1997a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Klimesch (1989a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2010a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a)k Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2017a), Michaelis (1983a), Patzak (1974a), De Prins, 1998a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a), Razowski (1990), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sønderup (1949a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Wegner (2010a), Wimmer (2004a).

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