Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora amethystinella

Coleophora amethystinella Ragonot, 1885

coast green case-bearer

on Vicia


The young larvae eats the unripe seed in a pod, cuts it loose, next uses it as a temporary case to feed on new pods. Only in its last instar it spins, within its pod, a “real”, trivalved case.

host plants

Fabaceae, narrowly monophagous

Vicia tetrasperma.


The larva is full fed in end July.

distribution within Europe

Essentially mediterranean, but also in southern England (PESI, 2018).


Coleophora fuscicornis autorum nec Zeller, 1847.


Baldizzone (1990b, 1995b), Emmet (1997a) Gibbs (2001a), Emmet, Langmaid & Bland ao (1996a), Emmet & Uffen (1975a), Nel (1993b), Stübner (2007a).

Last modified 28.x.2019