Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora anatipenella

Coleophora anatipenella (Hüber, 1796)

Coleophora anatipennella case

Crataegus monogyna, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Resteigne, Les Pairées © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Coleophora anatipenella: youth case

Quercus robur, België, prov. Namen, Vierves-sur-Viroin © Stéphane Claerebout: youth case

Coleophora anatipenella: feeding behaviour

feeding behaviour (underside of the leaf)

Coleophora anatipenella: feeding traces

feeding traces


The young larve, before hibernation, makes tiny mines, sometimes tens in one leaf. After hibernation window feeding is done. In this latter stage the larve lives in a shining black pistol case of about 7 mm, that, with a mouth angle of 70°-80°, stands almost perpendicular on the leaf.

host plants

polyphagous on woody plants

Alnus glutinosa; Betula; Carpinus betulus; Castanea sativa; Cornus sanguinea; Corylus avellana; Crataegus; Fagus; Malus sylvestris; Populus; Prunus avium, cerasifera, spinosa; Pyrus communis; Quercus; Salix; Sorbus aucuparia; Tilia.

In Britain the species is much less polyphagous, living only on Rosaceae (Emmet ao, 1996a).


Larvae are full-fed end May (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

All of Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Emmet ao (1996a); three pairs of abdominal prolegs.


C. anatipennella auct.; C. bernoulliella (Goeze, 1783); however, Baldizzone ao (2006a) consider bernoulliella the valid name.


Ahr (1966a), Baldizzone (1979a, 1983c, 1984a, 2020a), Baldizzone & Nel (1992a), Baldizzone, van der Wolf & Landry (2006a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Dimic (1971a), Emmet (1996a), Emmet ao (1996a), Fazekas & Schreurs (2010a), Hering (1934a, 1957a), Huemer (1988a), Huemer & Erlebach (2003a), Huisman, Koster, Muus & van Nieukerken (2013a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kasy (1965a, 1983a, 1987a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kvičala (1938a), Nel (1992b,c), Patzak (1974a,b), De Prins & Steeman (2011a, 2014a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sefrová (2005a), Sønderup (1949a), Stammer (2016a), Starý (1930a), Szőcs (1977a), Tomov & Dimitrov (2007a), Tomov & Krusteva (2007a), Wegner (2010a).

Last modified 7.i.2023