Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora amellivora

Coleophora amellivora Baldizzone, 1979

Coleophora amellivora cases

from Toll (1952a); upper case of a male, lower one of a female

Coleophora amellivora: case

Aster alpinus, from Baran & Rynarzewski (2008a)


Greyish brown, trivalved tubular leaf case with a mouth angle of 20-45°. The larva mines in the lower leaves. After the case has been tightened to the leaf, the larva, otherwise than in most other Coleophora‘s, leaves it case, and makes from this starting point a long corridor mines.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly (?) oligophagous

Aster alpinus, amellus; Galatella linosyris, saligna.

According to Hering (1957a) “in the north” also on Solidago; Maček (1999a) mentions the species in Slovenia from Solidago virgaurea. Šulcs & Šulcs (1989a) found the species on Gypsophila fastigiata.


Larvae from September to May (Hering, 1957a). After hibernation the larvae did not feed any more (Klimesch, 1958c, Austria).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Romania, and from France to Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Coleophora lineariella auct.; C. calcariella: Toll, 1962a; Patzak, 1974a.


Baldizzone (1979c, 2004a), Baldizzone, van der Wolf & Landry (2006a), Baran & Rynarzewski (2008a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1957a),Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kasy (1987a), Klimesch (1939a, 1949a, 1950c, 1958c), Maček (1999a), Marek & Krampl (1990a), Nel (1992c), Patzak (1974a), Povilas, Rimšaitė, Pūtys & Paznekaitė (0000a), Pröse (1984a), Razowski (1990a), Suire (1961a), Šulcs & Šulcs (1989a), Szőcs (1977a), Thomann (1956a), Toll (1952a).

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